Figures that are composed of two or more polygons that are either adjacent or overlap are called **composite figures**. To find the area of one of these composite figures, break it down into figures that you do know how to find the area.

Let's look at the figure below:

In option 2 we divided the composite figure into two narrow rectangles, one long rectangle and a triangle, and there are four shapes to find the area of in order to find the area of the composite figure.

*Pause and Reflect*

Do you think that the figure in option 1 would have the same area as the figure in option 2? Explain your rationale for your answer.