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# Area of a parallelogram on the coordinate plane

In math, we can find the area of a parallelogram by multiplying the base by the height. The base is one side, and the height is the distance from the base to the opposite side. So, if the base is 12 units and the height is 4 units, the area is 48 square units.

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• This is a great video; everything is explained very well, but the exercise does not have visual aid like how this is taught. That would be okay if it was explained how to solve without a visual grid, but it wasn't. Sal, could you please give an additional explanation on how to do this in your head? It's a bit confusing without it.
Much appreciated! :)

*Please don't misunderstand me, because it's not for me, but so that we can keep it emphasized and get this explained!
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• ok I want
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• no fair you get all these colors and tools and we don't
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• Sal uses software that has tools he uses in his videos. You can also download the software if you wish. SmoothDraw3
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• I'm so confused. The question doesn't let us do this
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• Hey Dylan! I recommend choosing the exercise "Drawing polygons on the coordinate plane". There, you will see the coordinate plane. Place the coordinates, and solve! (do not press check, you are just clicking on that exercise for the plane)
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• it told me to pause the video how long should i pause it for
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• till you have the answer
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• it doesn't help me :(
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• Hi Ashley! I say use the coordinate planes provided in the exercise before. After placing the line segments, count the side measurements and multiply them. For example, polygon A = __ square units
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• What about perimeter not area?
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• I'm pretty sure you would still take the parallelogram and slide down the top triangular part until it is a rectangle. Then you would just count the outer part of the grid or do `2(L+W)` to get the answer.
PS: I know the post is from 5 years ago, I'm just trying to help everyone. Hope this helps!
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• With the height, how is it 4? there was one square that was 1/2. shouldn't it be 3/2?
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• Good question! Imagine taking the bottom triangular part of the parallelogram (like you cut it off) and moving it up, so you make a rectangle. Now you can see that the height is 4, and the area of a rectangle is just base * height.
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• how do we do things like that without having the shape in front of us do we just guess
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• Is it just me that Sal is so smart.
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• Probably uses a calculator ☠️
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• I don't understand this
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## Video transcript

- [Instructor] Let's see if we can find the area of this parallelogram. I encourage you to pause the video and see if you can figure it out on your own. Well, we just have to remind ourselves that the area of a parallelogram is just going to be the base, let me do this in different colors, it's going to be the base of the parallelogram, which I wanna do that in a different color. So let me write the base of the parallelogram times the height of the parallelogram. Times the height of the parallelogram. Area is equal to base times height. So what could we consider to be the base of this parallelogram? Well, we could imagine it to be one of these sides. So we could go from here, and so I could say, well, I could consider this to be the base. And so what's the length of that base? Well, we're just going in the vertical direction. We go from y equals five to y is equal to negative seven. So this has length 12. We have five above the x-axis and seven below the x-axis, adding up to 12. Or you could count it, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12. So this is our base. And we could say that base is equal to 12. And now what could we view as our height? Well, we could view this dimension right over here as our height. And what is that going to be? Well, you can see very clearly that the height is equal to four. And this might be a little counterintuitive, 'cause normally when you're talking about height, you're used to thinking about how high something is. But you can imagine rotating this around so that this is laying, the base is laying flat and then the height is the height in the traditional sense of the word. But we could say h is equal to four. And now it's pretty straightforward. Our area is going to be equal to 12, the length of our base, times our height, times four, times four, which is clearly just 48. 48 whatever, square, 48 square units.