When someone is trying to find the area of an object they are referring to the space of the object. Surface area is the amount of space the object takes up.

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Area is the total amount of space within a two-dimensional surface or shape.

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Area, in the field of mathematics, is a term to describe how much space the two dimensional surface of an object takes up. There are different ways of finding area depending on the type of shape in question, but for quadrilaterals it is the quotient of the two side lengths. You can find more information here: http://www.math.com/tables/geometry/areas.htm

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