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Using Triangles To Find Area For Quadrilaterals Name ____________________

A diagonal has been drawn to cut each quadrilateral into two triangles. Count the measure of the base and height of each triangle.
You may need to look outside the figure to find the measure of the height for a triangle. Using these measures, find the area for
each triangle formed by the diagonal, and then find the area for the entire quadrilateral?

1. Square 2. Rectangle 3. Parallelogram 4. Rhombus

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
.A . . . . . . .A . . . . .A . . . . . . .
B
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. . .
B
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . .B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How does the area of U A compare to the area of U B in each of the special quadrilaterals above?

Kites or Trapeziums

5. 6. 7. 8.
. . . . . . . A . . . . . A . . . . . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A . .B .
. . A . . . . . . . . . . . B . . . . . .
. . . B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . B . . . . B . . . . . . . . . . . .
Measure of base = Measure of base = Measure of base = Measure of base =
Height U A = Height U A = Height U A = Height U A =
Area of U A Area of U A Area of U A Area of U A
Height of U B = Height of U B = Height of U B = Height of U B =
Area of U B Area of U B Area of U B Area of U B

Area of quadrilateral Area of quadrilateral Area of quadrilateral Area of quadrilateral