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Question from Rebecca:

I need to find the shape of an irregular hexagon, but only have the lengths four of the sides.

It actually looks like a rectangle with a trapezoid on top of it.

The bottom of the rectangle is 150'. The sides are 75'. The length of the top is 130'. I do not have the lengths
of the two smaller sides.

Is there any way to find the area of this shape?

Hi Rebecca,

I drew a diagram of what you described.

one possibility

Unfortunately what you describe could also look like this.

another possibility

I would need the length h in the second diagram to find the area.


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