By splitting the following figures into rectangles, find their areas (The measures are given in centimetres).

(a) (b)

(a) The given figure can be broken into rectangles as follows.

Area of 1st rectangle = 4 × 2 = 8 cm2

Area of 2nd rectangle = 6 × 1 = 6 cm2

Area of 3rd rectangle = 3 × 2 = 6 cm2

Area of 4th rectangle = 4 × 2 = 8 cm2

Total area of the complete figure = 8 + 6 + 6 + 8 = 28 cm2

(b) The given figure can be broken into rectangles as follows.

Area of 1st rectangle = 3 × 1 = 3 cm2

Area of 2nd rectangle = 3 × 1 = 3 cm2

Area of 3rd rectangle = 3 × 1 = 3 cm2

Total area of the complete figure = 3 + 3 + 3 = 9 cm2

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