Next, calculate the area of both rectangles and add them together. The area of the first rectangle is

**72 square centimeters**and the area of the second rectangle is**50 square centimeters**. Together there are 72 + 50 =**122 square centimeters**. Therefore, the area of the entire figure is**122 square centimeters**.In respect to this, how do you calculate the area of a composite shape?

A

**composite figure**is made up of several simple geometric**figures**such as triangles, rectangles, squares, circles, and semicircles. To find the**area**of a**composite figure**, separate the**figure**into simpler**shapes**whose**area**can be found. Then add the**areas**together.How do you find the perimeter of a compound shape?

**Work out**the missing lengths you need around the edge.

**Work out**the area of each separate rectangle. (Remember that this is done by multiplying the length by the width.) Add these separate areas for each rectangle up together to

**find**the total area of the

**compound shape**.

How do you find the area of a shape?

To

**find**the**area**of a rectangle multiply its height by its width. For a square you only need to**find**the length of one of the sides (as each side is the same length) and then multiply this by itself to**find**the**area**.