# Area of Composite Shapes

# Piece by Piece

Can't find the area formula for a particular shape on the GED® Formula Sheet? Don't panic. Break the shape into pieces that you do have a formula for.

## STEP 1: WATCH THE VIRTUAL CLASS VIDEO AND TAKE NOTES

### Make sure to note the following:

Composite shapes are composed, or built, of known shapes. For example, two rectangles can be put together to form an "L-shape", a triangle stacked on a rectangle forms a "house shape", and a semi-circle balanced atop an isosceles triangle looks a lot like an "ice cream cone". The area of a composite shape is found by adding and/or subtracting the areas of the composite pieces.

### Refer to your GED Formula sheet and print out the example problems to follow along with the video lesson.

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## STEP 2: COMPLETE ONE LEVEL OF PRACTICE

Find the area of compound shapes composed entirely of rectangles.

Find the area of compound shapes composed of various known shapes.

Area and perimeter of composite figures application problems.