Area and Perimeter Formula

Area and Perimeter Formula are the two major formulas for any given shapes or sizes in Mathematics. In geometry, you will come across many shapes such as circle, triangle, square, pentagon, octagon, etc. In real-life as well, you will come across different types of objects having different shapes and sizes, which occupy some spaces in a place and their outline distance specifies the total length of the object.

All the shapes have their own properties, based on their structure, sides and angles. The two main features are the area and perimeter. For example, the amount of paint required to paint a wall of rectangular shape is calculated by its area and to put the boundaries of the square field we have to calculate its perimeter to know the total length of the field.

Area and Perimeter

Every geometrical shape has its area and perimeter. There are different formulas for area and perimeter of every shape as it has a different measurement. So let us learn the area and perimeter formulas for all shapes, here.

Area Formula

The area is the measurement of space enclosed by a closed geometric figure. Like the perimeter formula, there is also a set of area formula for polygons that can be represented using algebraic expressions.

For example, if you want to know the area of a square box with side 40 cm, you will use the formula:

Area of Square = a2, where a is the side of the square.

Similarly, The area of a triangle can also be found using its Area formula (1/2 × b ×h).

Perimeter Formula

A Perimeter is the length of the boundary of a closed geometric figure. There is a set perimeter formula which simplifies your task of calculation. Algebraic expressions can be used to represent the perimeter formula for the regular polygons. Say that the length of each side of a regular polygon is l. The perimeter of shapes formula for each of the polygon can be given using the same variable l.

Example: To find the perimeter of a rectangular box, with length as 6cm and Breadth as 4 cm,  we need to use the formula,

Perimeter of a Rectangle = 2 (L+B) = 2 ( 6 cm + 4 cm) = 2 × 10 cm = 20cm.

Area and Perimeter Formula Chart

Perimeter Formulas for different geometrical figures:

Geometric Shape Perimeter Formula Metrics
Parallelogram 2(Base + Height)  
Triangle a + b + c a, b and c being the side lengths
Rectangle 2(Length + Width)  
Square 4a a =Length of a side
Trapezoid a +b+c+d A, b, c, d being the sides of the trapezoid
Kite 2a + 2b a = Length of the first pair

b = Length of the second pair

Rhombus 4 x a a  = Length of a side
Hexagon 6 x a a  = Length of a side

Area Formulas for different geometrical figures:

Figures Area Formula Variables
Area of Rectangle Area = l × w l =  length

w  = width

Area of Square Area  = a2 a = sides of the square
Area of a Triangle Area = 1/2 b×h b = base

h = height

Area of a Circle Area = πr2 r = radius of the circle
Area of a Trapezoid Area = 1/2 (a + b)h a =base 1

b = base 2

h = vertical height

Area of Ellipse Area = πab a = radius of the major axis

b = area of the minor axis

Area and Perimeter Formulas for Special Triangle

An Equilateral triangle is a special triangle having all the three sides equal. To find its perimeter and area we need to know all the three sides of it.

Equilateral Triangle

  • The perimeter of an equilateral triangle = 3 x length of a side = 3l.
  • Area of an equilateral triangle = √3 / 4 a2

Solved Examples

Let us solved some of the examples using Area and perimeter formulas:

Example 1:  Find the perimeter of a rectangular box, with length as 6 cm and Breadth as 4 cm.

Solution:  Use the formula,

Perimeter of a Rectangle = 2 (L+B) = 2 ( 6 cm + 4 cm) = 2 × 10 cm = 20 cm.

Example 2: How to find the area and perimeter of a square? Find the perimeter of a square if area is 36 cm2.

Solution: A square is a shape with all the four sides equal in length. These four sides are also parallel to each other. They also make an angle of 90° with each other. To find the area and perimeter of the square, we need to know the measurement of one side of the square.

Area of a square = (Side)2, and

Perimeter of a square = 4(Side)

Given: Area is 36 cm2 

(Side)2  = 36

Or Side = 6 (Ignored negative value as length cannot be negative)

Again, using perimeter formula, we have

Perimeter = 4(Side) = 4 x 6 = 24

So, 24 cm is the perimeter of a square.

Area and Perimeter is a very important topic in math and students are advised to go through the list of formulas listed above before working on Area and perimeter problems for better understanding and preparation.