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The **Area of a Trapezoid **calculator computes the area of a trapezoid based on the length of the four sides.

**INSTRUCTIONS**: Choose units and enter the following:

- (
**a**) Length of Side a - (
**b**) Length of Side b - (
**c**) Length of Side c - (
**d**) Length of Side d

**Area of Trapezoid (A):** The calculator returns the area in meters. However, this can be automatically converted to compatible units via the pull-down menu.

**Trapezoid **or **trapezium**, as it's known in the UK, is a quadrilateral with two parallel sides, shown as the top and bottom in this diagram. The height of a trapezoid (h) is the perpendicular distance between the two parallel sides.

This method uses Heron's formula to compute the area of the triangles sides.

The method then uses the formula for the area of a triangle, A = 1/2 * x * h, to compute the height (h).

h = 2*A / x

where:

- h = height of the triangle and therefor the trapezoid
- A = area of the triangle
- x = base of the triangle which is equal to the difference of the two parallel lines (x = b-a)

The Area of the Trapezoid is then the area of the triangle plus the area of the center square (h*a),

**Trapezoid **or **trapezium**, as it's known in the UK, is a quadrilateral with two parallel sides, shown as the top and bottom in this diagram. The height of a trapezoid (h) is the perpendicular distance between the two parallel sides.

A trapezoid volume is made of four trapezoids one the sides.