## Elementary Algebra

$A=164$
We start with the equation for the area of a trapezoid: $A=\frac{h(b_1+b_2)}{2}$ We plug in the values for the bases and the height: $A=\frac{8(17+24)}{2}$ To simplify, we follow the order of operations. First, we must simplify above the fraction bar. To do so, first we add inside the parentheses: $A=\frac{8(41)}{2}$ Then, we multiply above the fraction bar: $A=\frac{328}{2}$ Then, we divide: $A=164$