Question: What do you call an alligator in a vest?

Answer: An investigator, of course.

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**

**Area of a circle = π x radius x radius (πr²) **

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

Your turn to investigate.