Plot the points P, Q, R, and S with their respective coordinates to form the 4-sided shape.
Look closely at the shape created by the points. Do you notice any special characteristics about the shape?
Did you notice that it had a pair of parallel sides?
Consider the trapezoid as separate parts and visualize the parts reconstructed as a rectangle.
Try summing the area of the different pieces.
Use the formula below from Math Notes Box Lesson 3.1.1 for extra help to calculate the area of the trapezoid.
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