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**Topic 14: Area**

**Area is the number of square units needed to cover a region**

To find the area of a figure, count the square units inside the shape. The exact count is the AREA of the shape. Look at the figure below. Count the squares. There are 18 squares. So the AREA of the rectangle is 18 square units.

Sometimes you can ESTIMATE the area. Count the squares inside the shape, and you will find an estimate of the area. In the first figure below, the area is ABOUT 34 square units. It is difficult to get an exact area because there are curved lines, so an estimate is fine.

You can also find the area of a figure by MULTIPLYING.

Area = length x width. Look at the figure below. Yes, you can count all the squares to find that the area is 36 square units. However, you can multiply the length and width of a figure. 9x4=36 square units. It is much faster!

Area = length x width. Look at the figure below. Yes, you can count all the squares to find that the area is 36 square units. However, you can multiply the length and width of a figure. 9x4=36 square units. It is much faster!

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## Lesson 14.5- Area and the Distributive Property

Distributive Property Using Area: Click HERE to view a learning video.

Below are some learning sites you can use to practice your AREA skills! :)