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# Difference between perimeter and area

Updated: 10/18/2022

Wiki User

10y ago

if you have a space and measure all around the outside, that is the perimeter.

perimeter of a rectangle is 2 x the height + 2x the width, if not even size it's the sum total of all 4 sides.

if, for instance, you want to paint inside the whole space, that's the area.

the area of a rectangle is the length of the side times the width & if it's written in feet, i.e. a room 8' x 6' would be 48 sq feet. it would be called the square footage of that area (example: how many square feet of carpet do you need to cover the floor of a room). You would need 48 squares 1' x 1' to cover the area
Perimeter is a length ... the distance around a geometric figure, a picture frame, or a city.

You can measure it with a ruler or a piece of string.

Area is the size of the entire flat space inside the geometric figure, the picture frame,

or the city. It's usually not measured directly, but once you know the size and shape,

you can calculate the area inside. The area doesn't tell you how big the space is, or

how it's shaped, but it tells you how much paint, carpet, or seed you need to cover it.

Wiki User

11y ago

Wiki User

10y ago

By multiplying length times width

The area is found.

Perimeter is the sum of sides

The distance all around.