# What is the area of the trapezoid shown below?

Trapezoids are quadrilateral shapes having one pair of parallel sides. They have interesting properties and applications.

## Answer: The area of the trapezoid is 63 cm^{2}.

Let us understand how to find the area of the given trapezoid in detail.

**Explanation:**

In the figure, we see that the length of the parallel sides 'a' and 'b' are given, and the height 'h' is given.

Given values: a = 6 cm, b = 12 cm, h = 7 cm.

Now, we use the formula for the area of the trapezoid, that is, Area = [1/2 × (a + b)] × h.

Hence, after substituting the values:

⇒ Area = [1/2 × (6 + 12)] × 7 = 1/2 × (18) × 7 = 63.

### Hence, the area of the trapezoid is 63 cm^{2}.

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