**Perimeter of Rectangle** could be considered as one of the characteristics or properties of the rectangle. It is the total distance covered by the rectangle. In Maths, you will come across many geometric shapes and sizes, which has an area, perimeter and even volume(for 3-d figures). You will also learn the formulas for all those parameters. Some of the examples of different shapes are circle, square, polygon, quadrilateral, etc. In this article, we will study the key feature of the rectangle, i.e. perimeter.

Perimeter basically gives the length of the figure. Suppose for a square, which has all its sides as equal, the perimeter of the square will be four times of its sides. In case of a circle, the perimeter is termed as circumference, which is calculated based on its radius. Before we find out the perimeter of a given rectangle, let us learn first, what a rectangle is.

## Perimeter of a Rectangle Formula

**The perimeter of a rectangle is defined as the sum of all the sides of a rectangle**. For any polygon, the perimeter formulas are the total distance around its sides. In case of a rectangle, the opposite sides of a rectangle are equal and so, the perimeter will be twice the width of the rectangle plus twice the height of the rectangle and it is denoted by the alphabet “p”. Let us derive the formula for its perimeter and area.

Suppose a rectangle has length and width as b and a respectively.

From the definition of the perimeter we know, the **perimeter of a rectangle, p = 2 ( a+b) units**

where

“a” is the length of the rectangle

“b” is the breadth of the rectangle

### Derivation

Since, the perimeter is equal to sum of all the sides of the polygon. Hence, in case of rectangle, the perimeter (P) is;

P = sum of all its four sides

P = a+b+a+b (Opposite sides of rectangle are equal)

P = 2(a+b)

Hence, derived.

Therefore,

Perimeter of a rectangle = 2(Length + Width) square unit |

Now let us write the formula for the area of a rectangle, with respect to same above given figure;

Area of a rectangle = Length × Width = a × b |

### Solved Problems

**Q.1:** **Find the perimeter of a rectangle whose length and width is 5 cm and 10 cm, respectively?**

**Solution:** Given:

Length = 5 cm and Width = 10cm

We know,

The perimeter of a rectangle = 2(length + width)

Substitute the value of length and width here,

Perimeter, P = 2(5 + 10) cm

P = 2 x 15 cm

Therefore, the perimeter of a rectangle = 30 cm

**Q.2: Find the perimeter of a rectangle whose length and breadth are 12cm and 15cm, respectively.**

Solution:

Given:

Length = 12 cm and Breadth = 15cm

We know,

The perimeter of a rectangle = 2(length + width)

Substitute the value of length and width here,

Perimeter, P = 2(12 + 15) cm

P = 2 x 27 cm

Therefore, the perimeter of a rectangle = 54 cm

**Q.3: A rectangular yard has length equals to 10cm and perimeter equals to 60. Find its width.**

**Solution:** Given,

Perimeter of the yard = 60cm

Length of the yard = 10cm

From the formula, we know,

Perimeter, P = 2(length + width)

Putting the values, we get;

60 = 2(10 + width)

10 + W = 30

W = 30-10=20

Hence, the width of the yard is 20cm.

**Q.4: ****Find the perimeter of a rectangle whose length is 9 cm and width is 16 cm.**

**Solution:**

Given,

Length = 9 cm

Width = 16 cm

Perimeter of Rectangle= 2(Length + Breadth)

= 2(9 + 16) cm

= 2 x 25 cm

Therefore, the perimeter of a rectangle= 50 cm

**Q.5: Find the perimeter of a rectangle whose length and width is 20 cm and 9 cm respectively.**

**Solution:**

Given,

Length = 20 cm

Width = 9 cm

Perimeter of Rectangle = 2(Length + Breadth)

= 2(20 +9) cm

= 2 x 29 cm

Therefore, the perimeter of a rectangle = 58 cm

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### Practice Questions

- Find the perimeter of a given rectangle which has length=15cm and width=20cm.
- What is the length of the rectangular field which has a perimeter of 100cm and width of 25cm?

## Frequently Asked Questions

### What is the area and perimeter of a rectangle?

The area of a rectangle can be defined as the region that the rectangle covers in a two-dimensional space. The area of a rectangle can also be defined as the number of square units it takes to completely fill the rectangle.

The perimeter of a rectangle is defined as the total distance around the outside of a rectangle. In simple words, a rectangle’s perimeter is the total boundary of it.

### How to find the perimeter of a rectangle?

To get the perimeter of a rectangle, add all the sides of it. There are 4 sides of a rectangle whose sum will give its perimeter.

### What is the formula for the perimeter of a rectangle?

The formula for the perimeter of a rectangle is, P = length+breadth+length+breadth.

Or, P = 2(length+breadth)