How do you find the area and perimeter of a parallelogram with vertices at points (-6,-5), (-2,4), (5,4), and (1, -5)?

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Nov 15, 2016

Answer:

Please see the explanation.

Explanation:

Let's move everything to the right 6 and up 5; this makes the vertices become:

#A = (0, 0), B = (4, 9), C = (11,9), and D =(7,0)#

Let side AD be the base of the parallelogram; it runs along the x axis for 7 units, therefore, this is the length of the base, b.

Point B is 9 units above side AD, therefore, this is the height.

#"Area" = "base" xx "height"#

#"Area" = 7 " units" xx 9 " units"#

#"Area" = 63 " units"^2#

The length of side AB is:

#AB = sqrt((4 - 0)^2 + (9 - 0)^2)#

#AB = sqrt(16 + 81)#

#AB = sqrt(97)#

#"Perimeter" = 2AB + 2AD#

#"Perimeter" = 2sqrt(97) + 2(7)#

#"Perimeter" ~~ 33.7 " units"#