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Area Of A Triangle

Introduction

A triangle is a three-sided polygon. Triangles are one of the most basic geometric shapes, and their properties can be used to determine the area of many other polygons. A right triangle is a triangle which has one 90 degree angle between sides. An equilateral triangle is a triangle which has three sides of equal length with equal angles between them. An Isosceles triangle is a triangle which has two equal sides and two equal angles.

Terms

Area - A quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional shape.
Triangle - A polygon with three sides.
Polygon - A plane figure with at least three sides.
Right Triangle - A triangle where one angle is a right angle (90 degrees).
Isoceles Triangle - A triangle with two equal sides.
Equilateral Triangle - A triangle with three equal sides.

Lesson

The formula for the area of a triangle is:

where a is the length of the base, and h is the height. You can think of the area of a triangle as being half of the area of a rectangle with sides a and h.

If a rectangle has a base of length 3 and height of 4, for example, the area is

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Examples

Area of a Triangle

Find the area of the triangle

Area of a Triangle (w/ Decimals)

Find the area of the triangle

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