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This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. The article area (geometry) is more mathematical. See also area (disambiguation).

Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. Surface area is the summation of the areas of the exposed sides of an object.


Units for measuring surface area include:

square metre = SI derived unit
are = 100 square metres
hectare = 10,000 square metres
square kilometre = 1,000,000 square metres
square megametre = 1012 square metres

Imperial units, as currently defined from the metre:

square foot (plural square feet) = 0.09290304 square metres.
square yard = 9 square feet = 0.83612736 square metres
square perch = 30.25 square yards = 25.2928526 square metres
acre = 160 square perches or 43,560 square feet = 4046.8564224 square metres
square mile = 640 acres = 2.5899881103 square kilometres

Old European area units, still in used in some private matters (e.g. land sale advertisements)

square fathom = 3.5967 square metres
cadastral moon(acre) = 1600� square fathoms = 5755 square metres

The article Orders of magnitude links to lists of objects of comparable surface area.

Useful formulas

<math>A=\frac{1}{2}(a+b)h</math> or <math>A=\frac{h(a+b)}{2}</math>

External links

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