Area of Polygons
The area of a polygon is defined as the area that is enclosed by the boundary of the polygon shape. In other words, we say that the region that is occupied by any polygon gives its area. In this lesson, we will learn to determine the area of polygons whether regular or irregular polygons and find the difference between perimeter and area of polygons in detail.
1.  What is the Area of a Polygon? 
2.  Difference Between Perimeter and Area of Polygons 
3.  Area of Polygon Formulas 
4.  Area of Polygons with Coordinates 
5.  FAQs on Area of Polygons 
What is the Area of a Polygon?
The definition of the area of a polygon is the measure of the area that is enclosed by it. As polygons are closed plane shapes, thus, the area of the polygon is the space that is occupied by the polygon in a twodimensional plane. The unit of area of any polygon is always given as (unit)^{2} where the word unit can be SI units (meters or centimeters, etc.) or USCS units (inches or feet, etc.). A polygon and its area are shown on a twodimensional plane as below:
Difference Between Perimeter and Area of Polygons
The perimeter and area of polygons are both measurable values that depend on the length of sides of the polygon. In order to differentiate between both of them, it is necessary to understand the basic difference between perimeter and area. Look at the table below to understand this difference better.
Criterion of Difference  Perimeter of Polygon  Area of Polygon 

Definition  It is defined as the distance around a polygon which can be obtained by adding the length of all its sides.  It is defined as the measurement of space enclosed by any polygon. 
Formula  The perimeter of Polygon = Length of Side 1 + Length of Side 2 + ...+ Length of side N (for an N sided polygon)  The area of polygons can be found by different formulas depending upon whether the polygon is a regular or an irregular polygon. 
Unit  Its units are meters, centimeters, inches, feet, etc.  Its units are (meters)^{2}, (centimeters)^{2}, (inches)^{2}, (feet)^{2}, etc. 
The similarity between the calculation of perimeter and area of a polygon is that both depend on the length of the sides of the shape and not on the interior angles or the exterior angles of the polygon.
Area of Polygon Formulas
A polygon can be categorized as regular and irregular polygon based on the length of its sides. Thus, this differentiation also brings a difference in the calculation of the area of polygons. The area of some known polygons is given as:
 Area of triangle = (1/2) × base × height
We can also find the area of a triangle if the length of its sides is known by using Heron's formula which is given by the formula, Area = \(\sqrt{s(sa)(sb)(sc)}\), where s = Perimeter/2 = (a + b + c)/2, a, b, and c are the length of its sides.  Area of rectangle = length × breadth
 Area of parallelogram = base × height
 Area of trapezium = (1/2) × (sum of lengths of bases/parallel sides) × height
 Area of rhombus = (1/2) × (product of diagonals)
In order to calculate the area of a polygon, it must be first known whether the given polygon is a regular polygon or an irregular polygon.
Area of Regular Polygons
A regular polygon is a polygon that has equal sides and equal angles. Thus, the technique to calculate the value of the area of regular polygons is based on the formulas associated with each polygon. Let us have a look at the formulas of some commonly used regular polygons:
Names of Regular Polygon  Area of Regular Polygon 

Equilateral Triangle  (√3 ×(length of a side)^{2})/4 
Square  (length)^{2} 
Regular Pentagon 
5/2 × side length × length of the apothem OR \(\dfrac{1}{4} × \sqrt{5(5+2√5)} × (sidelength)^2\) 
Regular Hexagon  (3√3 ×(length of a side)^{2})/2 
In order to determine the area of a regular polygon, if the number of its sides are known, is given by:
 Area of regular polygon = (number of sides × length of one side × apothem)/2, where the length of apothem is given as the \(\dfrac{l}{2\tan(\dfrac{180}{n})}\), where l is the side length and n is the number of sides of the regular polygon.
 In terms of the perimeter of a regular polygon, the area of a regular polygon is given as, Area = (Perimeter × apothem)/2, in which perimeter = number of sides × length of one side
Example: Find the area of a regular pentagon whose each side is 7 inches long.
Solution: Given the length of one side = 7 inches.
Hence, the area of the regular pentagon is given as A = \(\dfrac{1}{4} × \sqrt{5(5+2√5)} × (sidelength)^2\)
⇒ A = \(\dfrac{1}{4} × \sqrt{5(5+2√5)} × (7)^2\)
⇒ A = 84.3 square inches
Thus, the area of the regular pentagon is 84.3 square inches.
Area of Irregular Polygons
An irregular polygon is a plane closed shape that does not have equal sides and equal angles. Thus, in order to calculate the area of irregular polygons, we divide an irregular polygon into a set of regular polygons such that the formulas for their areas are known. Consider the below example.
The polygon ABCD is an irregular polygon. Thus, we can divide the polygon ABCD into two triangles ABC and ADC. The area of the triangle can be obtained by:
Area of polygon ABCD = Area of triangle ABC + Area of triangle ADC
Similarly, for an irregular polygon, we divide it into two shapes whose area can be found separately and then added.
Area of Polygons with Coordinates
The area of polygons with coordinates can be found using the following steps:
 Step 1: First we find the distance between all the points using the distance formula, D = \(\sqrt {\left( {x_2  x_1 } \right)^2 + \left( {y_2  y_1 } \right)^2 }\)
 Step 2: Once, the dimensions of the polygons are known find whether the given polygon is a regular polygon or not.
 Step 3: If the polygon is a regular polygon we use the formula, area of regular polygon = (number of sides × length of one side × apothem)/2, where the length of apothem is given as the (length of one side)/(2 ×(tan(180°/number of sides))). If the polygon is an irregular polygon, it is to be divided into several regular polygons to find the area.
Example: What is the area of the polygon formed by the coordinates A(0,0), B(0, 2), C(2, 2), and D(2, 0)?
Solution: On plotting the coordinates A(0,0), B(0, 2), C(2, 2), and D(2, 0) on an XY plane and joining the dots we get,
It can be seen, the obtained figure shows a foursided polygon. In order to understand whether it is a regular polygon or not, we find the distance between all the points.
Length of AB = \(\sqrt{({0  0})^2 + ({2  0})^2}\) = 2 units
Length of BC = \(\sqrt{({2  0})^2 + ({2  2})^2}\) = 2 units
Length of CD = \(\sqrt{({2  2})^2 + ({2  0})^2}\) = 2 units
Length of DA = \(\sqrt{({2  0})^2 + ({0  0})^2}\) = 2 units
Now that we know the length of all sides of the given polygon is the same, it shows, it is a square. Thus, the area of the polygon ABCD is given as A = (length)^{2} = (2)^{2} = 4 square units.
Hence, the area of the polygon with coordinates (0,0), (0, 2), (2, 2), and (2, 0) is 4 square units.
Important Notes
 If the length of one side is given, it possible to find the area of the regular polygon by finding apothem.
 Apothem falls on the midpoint of a side at the right angle dividing it into two equal parts.
 An Equilateral triangle is a regular polygon with 3 sides, while a square is a regular polygon with 4 sides. Hence, they are not prefixed as regular ahead of the shape name.
Area of Polygons Examples

Example 1: Find the area of the polygon given in the image.
Solution: It can be seen that the given polygon is an irregular polygon. The area of the polygon can be found by dividing the given polygon into a trapezium and a triangle where ABCE forms a trapezium while ECD forms a triangle. In order to find the area of polygon let us first list the given values:
For trapezium ABCE,
Length of AB = 5 units
Length of EC = 8 units
Height of the trapezium = 3 units
Thus, the area of the trapezium ABCE = (1/2) × (sum of lengths of bases) × height = (1/2) × (5 + 8) × 3
⇒ Area of trapezium ABCE = (1/2) × 13 × 3 = 19.5 square unitsFor triangle ECD,
Length of EC = 8 units
Height of triangle = (7  3) units = 4 units
Thus, the area of triangle ECD = (1/2) × base × height = (1/2) × 8 × 4
⇒ Area of triangle ECD = (1/2) × 8 × 4 = 16 square unitsThe area of the polygon ABCDE = Area of trapezium ABCE + Area of triangle ECD = (19.5 + 16) square units = 35.5 square units
∴ The area of the given polygon is 35.5 square units. 
Example 2: Determine the length of the rectangle, if the area of a rectangle is 625 square units and the breadth is 5 units.
Solution: Given, area of the polygon (Rectangle) = 625 square units and width of rectangle = 5 units. Thus, the length of the rectangle is calculated as:Area of rectangle = length × breadth
⇒ Area of rectangle = length × 5 = 625
⇒ Length of rectangle = 625/5 = 125 unitsThus, the length of the rectangle is 125 units.
FAQs on Area of Polygons
What is Area of Polygon Definition?
The measurement of the space enclosed by any polygon in a twodimensional plane is defined as the area of a polygon. We write the unit of area of the polygon as square units^{ }where the unit can be SI units (meters or centimeters, etc.) or USCS units (inches or feet, etc).
How to Find Area of Polygons?
The area of a polygon can be determined by understanding whether the given polygon has either a standard formula for the calculation of its area, it is a regular polygon or it is an irregular polygon. The steps to calculate the area of polygons are:
 Step 1: Find whether the given polygon is a regular polygon or not.
 Step 2: If it is a regular polygon or has a standard formula of calculation, use it to determine the value with all the given dimensions of the polygon, else the area of the polygon can be calculated by dividing it into a set of regular polygons.
What is the Difference Between the Perimeter and Area of Polygons?
The perimeter of a polygon is obtained by summing the length of all its sides while the area of a polygon is obtained by using the required formula for calculation of area depending upon whether the given polygon is a regular polygon or not. The unit of the perimeter of a polygon is always given in units as it is onedimensional while the unit of area of a polygon is always given in (unit)^{2} because the area is a twodimensional concept.
How do you find the Area of Polygons with Vertices?
The area of polygons with vertices can be found using the following steps:
 Step 1: Find the distance between all the points using the distance formula, D = \(\sqrt {\left( {x_2  x_1 } \right)^2 + \left( {y_2  y_1 } \right)^2 }\)
 Step 2: Once we know the dimensions of the polygons are known we determine whether the given polygon is a regular polygon or not.
 Step 3: If the conclusion from Step 2 shows the polygon is a regular polygon we use the formula, area of regular polygon = (number of sides × length of one side × apothem)/2, where the length of apothem is given as the (length of one side)/(2 ×(tan(180/number of sides))). On the other hand, if the polygon is an irregular polygon, it is divided into several smaller regular polygons by finding the dimension of diagonals using the distance formula.
How to Find the Area of Regular Polygons?
The area of a regular polygon can be found using the following steps:
 Step 1: Find the number of sides of the polygon.
 Step 2: If there is a standard formula for the given regular polygon, apply that. If not, refer to the steps given below.
 Step 3: Check the measurement of the length of one side.
 Step 4: Use the values obtained in Step 1 and Step 2 to determine the value of apothem using the formula (length of one side)/(2 ×(tan(180/number of sides))).
 Step 5: Now, find the area of the regular polygon using the formula (number of sides × length of one side × apothem)/2.
How to Find the Area of Irregular Polygons?
In order to calculate the value of the area of an irregular polygon we follow the below steps:
 Step 1: Divide the given polygon into smaller sections forming different regular or known polygons.
 Step 2: Find the area of each section individually.
 Step 3: Add the area of each section to obtain the area of the given irregular polygon.
How to Find the Area of Polygons with Perimeter?
The area of a regular polygon can be found using the following steps:
 Step 1: Determine the value of apothem using the formula, (length of one side)/(2 ×(tan(180/number of sides)))
 Step 2: Use the value obtained in Step 1 to determine the area of the regular polygon using the formula, Area = (Perimeter × apothem)/2.
What is the Formula to Calculate the Area of Regular Polygons?
The formula to calculate the area of a regular polygon is given as (number of sides × length of one side × apothem)/2, where the value of apothem can be calculated using (length of one side)/(2 ×(tan(180/number of sides))).