# How to Find the Area of Rectangles Using Algebraic Expressions

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Finding the area of a rectangle is an important ability that allows you to do things from completing geometry homework to planning home improvement projects. The area of a rectangle is the amount of space that a rectangle covers. You can find the area of a rectangle using a simple algebraic expression in which "L" x "W" = "X," with X as your variable, or answer.

### Things You'll Need

• Ruler or tape measure
• Measure the length of your rectangle. Use this measurement as L.

• Measure the width of your rectangle. This measurement is W.

• Set up your algebraic expression: L times W = X, or the area.

• Solve your equation by multiplying L times W to find the area.

## Tips & Warnings

• Use a calculator as necessary.

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