One can easily calculate the area of a rectangle from the vertices of a rectangle. The vertices are the points where two or more straight lines meet. The base and height of the rectangle is the difference between the values of the vertices.

For example: What is the area of a rectangle with the following coordinates, (1,2)(1,0) (4,2)(4,0)

The base and height are just the difference between these values.

Base = 4-1=3, Height = 2-0= 2

Next multiply the base and the height = 3*2=6 unit^2 is the area

Another method is to plot the points on a coordinate plane and count the number of squares.

When you draw the rectangle on a coordinate plane and count the number of squares you get 6 unit^2

The Pythagorean Theorem is used with right triangles in order to find missing sides. It states that the sum of the square of the two legs is equal to the hypotenuse squared. It is written as follows:

Problem 2. Find the base of a rectangle with an area of 100 units and a height of 5 units.

Step 1. Write the formula for the area of a rectangle Area= b*h

Step 2. Plug in what you know 100 = b * 5

Step 3 Divide each side by 5

100/5= b/5

Problem 3. Find the area of a rectangle with a diagonal of 15 units and a side of 9 units.

Step 1. Plug in what you know A = b * 9

Step 2. The diagonal divides the rectangle into a right triangle. You can use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the base.

A = 9 c= 15 b=your unknown (see picture below)

9^2+ b^2= 15^2

81+ b^2=225

b^2=144

b=√144

b = 12

Step 3 Use your area formula of a rectangle

Area = b*h

Step 4. 20 =b and b = the base of the rectangle

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