A parallelogram refers to a four-sided figure that has two sets of parallel and congruent sides. For example, a square is a parallelogram. However, not all parallelograms are squares because parallelograms do not have to have four 90 degree angles. Since parallelograms are two-dimensional shapes, you can find the area but not the volume. To find the area, you need to know the base length and height of the parallelogram.
Things You'll Need
Select one pair of sides of the parallelogram as the base sides. It doesn't matter which pair of sides because both pairs of sides must be parallel and congruent.
Measure the distance between the two base sides to find the height of the parallelogram.
Measure the length of one of the base sides. It does not matter which side you measure because they are congruent so it will be the same length.
Multiply the base length times the height to find the area of the parallelogram. In this example, if the height equals 5 inches and the base equals 9 inches, multiply 5 by 9 to get an area of 45 square inches.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images
How to Calculate the Volume of a Cylinder
A cylinder is a three-dimensional solid with 2 bases, 2 edges and 3 faces. You measure the volume of a cylinder in...
How to Find the Area of a Parallelogram
A parallelogram is a four-sided figure with the opposite sides parallel to one another. A parallelogram containing a right angle is a...
How to Find the Perimeter of a Parallelogram
The perimeter of a parallelogram is equal to sum of its side and base lengths multiplied by two. In equation form, this...
How to Find the Fourth Vertex of a Parallelogram
Parallelograms include squares, rectangles, rhombuses and rhomboids. If you know three vertices of a parallelogram, the fourth is easy to find. The...
Formula for the Volume of a Hexagon
In geometry, a hexagon is a polygon with six sides. A regular hexagon has six equal sides and equal angles. The regular...