The *area* of a shape is a measure of the two dimensional space that it covers. A shape’s *area* is measured in squares, eg square centimetres, square metres and square kilometres.

A simple formula for calculating the area of a rectangular shape is to multiply it’s width by it’s length

e.g. 7 x 4 = 28 cm^{2}

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How would you calculate the area of a compound shape (2 rectangles attached to each other)?