One of the bases of a trapezoid has length 10, and the height of the trapezoid is 4. If the area of the trapezoid is 48, then how long is the other base of the trapezoid?

 Oct 18, 2020

The area of a trapezoid is: (base1+base2)/2*height=area

So, let's plug in the values and put in the unknown value as a variable :)

(x=the unknown base length)


(10+x)/2 * 4=48





So, the other base would have a length of 14 units.

Please correct me if I'm wrong :)

 Oct 18, 2020

Hi Cal,

I always balk when I see the word Trapezoid.

In Australia we call the Trapeziums.


Your answer is excellent.  :)

Melody  Oct 18, 2020

Trapezoid and Trapezium are in use in both American (US) and European English; however, the formal meanings are reversed.  


Geometry.   Trapezoid   (Greek)

  1. a quadrilateral plane figure having two parallel and two nonparallel sides.
  2. British. trapezium (def. 1b).

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/trapezoid


GeometryTrapezium  (Latain)

      1.   (in Euclidean geometry) any rectilinear quadrilateral plane figure not a parallelogram.

      2.  a quadrilateral plane figure of which no two sides are parallel.

     3.  British. trapezoid (def. 1a).

Source: https://www.dictionary.com/browse/trapezium


Wikipedia offers a more detailed history for the etymology of these words





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GingerAle  Oct 18, 2020

Melody + Ginger


Well, I learned something new today!! wink


Thanks for the interesting fact, @GingerAle

And thanks for the compliment too! (Melody)

CalTheGreat  Oct 18, 2020
edited by CalTheGreat  Oct 18, 2020

Hi Ginger,

It is very nice to see you.   cool



 So in the USA a kite would qualify as a Trapezium.  In Britain it would qualify as a Trapezoid.

And here I would only ever have called it a kite or, more generally, a quadrilateral.


Before I started using this forum I had never seen the work Trapezoid used.  

Oblong is another strange word that I see sometimes.  I think it just is a rectangle.

Cheap tablecloths from China (in our shops) are often referred to as oblong in shape.

 Oct 18, 2020

Hi Melody,


So in the USA a kite would qualify as a Trapezium.


. I probably wasn’t paying attention in class, but I don’t remember my geometry teacher referring to a kite to as a trapezium; though I suppose it may be a special case, where the pairs of equidistant lines are always adjacent.  This is similar in scheme to how a square is also a rhombus, rectangle, and parallelogram. LOL.  I have sometimes heard of a kite referred to as a diamond shape.


Oblong is a word I’ve heard since childhood. I think of it as an elongated oval or an ellipsoid blended with a rectangle; or a rectangle with the longer sides parallel, or nearly so, with continuously rounded corners for the width.  In some old texts, I’ve seen the word oblong used to mean rectangle.


Oval comes from the Latin Ovum –for egg, so it is egg-shaped. Specifically the shape refers to the eggs of the Gallus domesticus (domestic chicken), which has been familiar to most people for centuries. 


Most of my early education on shapes was from art classes. My high school Latin teacher also spent many classroom hours teaching the nuances of shapes in second and third-year Latin.  There are many Latin words describing shapes, and most were introduced in very early Latin dialects; the influence of the Greek is notable in many of these words. 


 Later, I learned that shapes that are graphical curves have both precise and general mathematical functions that produce them, such as parabolas, catenaries, ellipsis, and hyperbolas.  Because of the mathematical functions, there is little ambiguity about the shape; for example, how a catenary may be confused for a parabola.


...So much to learn and so little time to learn it....



It is very nice to see you.


Thank you.


When I open web2.0calc’s forum pages and see posts by Melody, Alan, and ...ah ...ah ..., whoever the third answerer is now, I know that at least one part of the (virtual) world is functioning within normal parameters, even if the forum’s OS  sometimes does not.   


GASlán agat


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GingerAle  Oct 20, 2020

Oh, gorblimey! Pawsing to read Omi’s post definitely rings a bell and it’s doggone funny.... 

I figured out who the third answerer is: ElectricPawlow


Hmmm...  I’m suddenly hungry for a banana...

...I think this conditioned response comes from Lancelot Link’s phones with the Banana-Pealing ring-tones.Yes! I have some bananas, today...




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GingerAle  Oct 20, 2020

I found some happy banana phones but you will have to peal them yourself I am afraid.  laugh


Melody  Oct 20, 2020

Actually Melody, I prefer this wink

 Oct 20, 2020
edited by CalTheGreat  Oct 20, 2020

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