# How To Solve Area Problems

Its base is 36 inches and its hypotenuse is 85 inches.

If the object contains circles, then you may need to think about the circumference of a circle, which is the perimeter of the circle.

Calculating the area of a shape or surface can be useful in everyday life – for example you may need to know how much paint to buy to cover a wall or how much grass seed you need to sow a lawn.

This page covers the essentials you need to know in order to understand and calculate the areas of common shapes including squares and rectangles, triangles and circles.

This example uses centimetres but the same method applies for any unit of length or distance.

You could, for example be using inches, metres, miles, feet etc.

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