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## Area of a trapezoid

**Formula**: ((a c) * h) / 2 = A (area)

**Example calculation:** ((5cm 3cm) * 7cm) / 2 = ^{28cm2}

## Perimeter of a trapezoid

**Formula**: a b c d = U (perimeter)

Example**calculation:** 10cm 7cm 8cm 6cm = 31cm

The calculation of a trapezoid can vary depending on the aspect you are looking for, be it area, perimeter or the lengths of the diagonals. Here are some basic formulas for calculating a trapezoid:

1. **area calculation**: the area of a trapezoid is calculated using the formula: A = 1/2 * (a b) * h, where 'a' and 'b' are the lengths of the parallel sides (base lines) and 'h' is the height of the trapezoid. The height is the distance between the two parallel sides.

2. **calculation of the perimeter**: The perimeter of a trapezoid is the sum of all sides. If 'a' and 'b' are the base lines and 'c' and 'd' are the sides (the non-parallel sides), then the perimeter is: U = a b c d.

3. **calculation of diagonals**: The lengths of the diagonals of a trapezoid can be calculated using the Pythagorean theorem, provided you know the lengths of all sides and the height. If 'e' and 'f' are the diagonals, 'c' and 'd' are the sides and 'h' is the height, then the following formulas apply: e^2 = c^2 d^2 - 2cd * (a-b)/(c-d) and f^2 = c^2 d^2 - 2cd * (b-a)/(c-d).

These formulas provide a good basis for calculating various aspects of a trapezoid. However, it is important to note that more complex calculations may require advanced mathematical concepts and knowledge.