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    Question Perimeter of equilateral triangle

    How do you find the area of an equilateral triangle whose area is 4√3 sq.cm? Please show the steps.

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    area of triangel using sine rule : \frac{1}{2}ab \sin C.

    for your case (equilateral triangle), a=b and C=\frac{\pi}{3}

    now you have what you need to find the perimeter
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    Actually I haven't been taught sin & all those things....so I couldn't understand what you have suggested. Can you please show me how to do it using 1/2 basexheight formula?

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    Let a = side of triangel,
    then base = a
    and height = a \sin \frac{\pi}{3}
    Area = \frac{1}{2} \times base \times height = \frac{1}{2} \times a \times a\sin \frac{\pi}{3}
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    Let "s" be the length of one side of the equilateral triangle. Drop a line from one vertex to the middle of the opposite side. It can be shown that this line is also perpendicular to the opposite side, dividing the equilateral triangle into two right triangles that have hypotenuse of length s and one leg of length s/2.

    Taking "x" to be the length of the altitude to the equilateral triangle, which is the other leg of the right triangles, by the Pythagorean theorem, x^2+ s^2/4= s^2 so x^2= 3s^2/4 and x= s\sqrt{3}/2.

    Now, the area of the equilateral triangle is "1/2 base times height" or \frac{1}{2}\left(s\right)\left(\frac{s\sqrt{3}}{2}  \right)= \frac{\sqrt{3}}{4}s^2. Set that equal to 4\sqrt{3} and solve for s.

    Then, of course, the perimeter is 3s.
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    Hey, did anyone READ the problem?

    It's an old joke . . .



    How do you find the area of an equilateral triangle whose area is 4√3 sq.cm?
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    but he's asking how to find the area.

    So the answer is

     \frac{b*h}{2}
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    He gave the area. I suspect he meant the perimeter ..
    Soroban, I was thinking like you, was this some sort of evil plot ? Why didn't anybody notice the mistake in the few first posts ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rn5a View Post
    How do you find the perimiter of an equilateral triangle whose area is 4√3 sq.cm? Please show the steps.

    Thanks,

    Ron
    The most direct way of doing this is to use Heron's formula for the area of a triangle:

     <br />
A=\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}<br />

    where s is the semi-perimiter and a, b and c are the sides.

    For an equilateral triangle we have a=b=c and s=3a/2

    So:

    A^2=48=s^4 / 3^3

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