  # Find the Area of Compound Shapes

In this worksheet, students will find the area of compound shapes including circles. Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Mensuration

Curriculum subtopic:   Mensuration and Calculation Volume and Surface Area Calculations

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Let's investigate how to find the area of compound shapes including circles.

Compound shapes are shapes made up of two or more simple shapes.

All we need is to be able to work out the area of these simple shapes.

Let's recap. Area of a square/rectangle/parallelogram = base x height

Area of a triangle = base x height ÷ 2  OR 1/2 base x height

The value of π is usually taken as 3.14 or use the π button on your calculator.

Example 1: Here, you can separate this shape into a rectangle measuring 9 cm x 8 cm = 72 cm² and a semicircle.

To find the semicircle, find the area of the full circle: π x 3 x 3 =  28.27 then divide by 2 =  14.14 cm²

Now just add 72 cm² to 14.14 cm² = 86.14 cm²

Example 2: Area of the triangle: 7 x 9 = 63 cm² ÷ 2 = 31.5 cm²

Area of the semicircle: π x 5 x 5 = 78.54 cm² ÷ 2 = 39.27 cm²

Total area: 31.5 cm² + 39.27 cm² = 70.77 cm² 