Area – State And Prove Theorems



Parallelograms on the same base and between the same parallels are equal in area.


Two parallelograms ABCD and EFCD, on the same base DC and between the same parallels AF and DC are given.

We need to prove that ar (ABCD) = ar (EFCD).

In _ ADE and _ BCF,

(1) ∠DAE = ∠CBF (Corresponding angles from AD || BC and transversal AF)  

(2) ∠AED = ∠ BFC (Corresponding angles from ED || FC and transversal AF)   

(3) Therefore, ∠ADE = ∠BCF (Angle sum property of a triangle)                         

(4) Also, AD = BC (Opposite sides of the parallelogram ABCD)                         

So, _ ADE ≅ _ BCF [By ASA rule, using (1), (3), and (4)]

(5)Therefore, ar (ADE) = ar (BCF) (Congruent figures have equal areas)         

Now, ar (ABCD) = ar (ADE) + ar (EDCB)

= ar (BCF) + ar (EDCB) [From(5)]

= ar (EFCD)

So, parallelograms ABCD and EFCD are equal in area. 


Two triangles on the same base (or equal bases) and between the same parallels are equal in area.


Now, suppose ABCD is a parallelogram whose one of the diagonals is AC

Let AN⊥ DC. Note that

△ ADC ≅ △ CBA (Why?)

So, ar (ADC) = ar (CBA) (Why?)

Therefore, ar (ADC) = ½ ar (ABCD)

= ½ (DC X AN)

So, area of △ ADC = ½ × base DC × corresponding altitude AN

In other words, area of a triangle is half the product of its base (or any side) and the corresponding altitude (or height). For having equal corresponding altitudes, the triangles must lie between the same parallels.