Area of Irregular Quadrilateral  
 
Introduction  
In this section, you will learn how to calculate the area of an irregular quadrilateral. Here are the sections within this lesson:

To understand what the term 'irregular' means, we need to first look at the term 'regular.' The term regular as it applies to polygons means:
Within the regular pentagon below, the congruent sides have been marked in blue and the congruent angles have been marked in red.
Therefore, the term irregular means 'not regular' or that we cannot assume any sides or angles are congruent. The figure below is an example of an irregular hexagon.
When polygons are regular, we can make use of congruent central angles. We can divide the polygon into isosceles triangles and then divide those triangles into right triangles, which makes the problem simple for a second year high school student.
When there is no such uniformity, we can only rely on highpowered formulas in trigonometry to aid us. The techniques for approaching irregular quadrilaterals (foursided polygons) will be discussed below.
 
The video directly below will demonstrate how to gain the area of an irregular quadrilateral. For this particular type of quadrilateral, we know the lengths of all four sides and one internal angle. The steps for finding this area can be done by performing these steps:
 
The video directly below will demonstrate how to gain the area of a different irregular quadrilateral. For this type of quadrilateral, we know the lengths of three sides and two angles enclosed by the known sides. The steps for finding this area can be done by performing these steps:
Watch this video to view all the steps outlined above.  
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