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    Senior Member Mukilab's Avatar
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    area of an equilateral triangle

    the area of an equilateral triangle is 36cm^2
    Each side is x

    Find the value of x

    I tried

    bh*1/2=36

    \frac{1}{2}\frac{x}{1}\frac{72}{x}=36

    but that just ends up cancelling everything. What do I do?

    It looks like x=1 but I'm not sure :/
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    Area\ of\ triangle = \frac12 bh

    36 = \frac12 bh

    But in an equilateral triangle, \frac{b\sqrt{3}}{2} = h (from pythagoras' theorem)

    Sub in your formula:

    36 = \frac12 b(\frac{b\sqrt{3}}{2})

    You should be able to solve for the length of the base now.
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    nope :/

    36=\frac{72x}{2x}(\frac{x\sqrt{3}}{2})

    36=\frac{72x^2+72x\sqrt{3}}{4x}

    ???
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    Come on, it's not difficult.

    36 = \frac12 b(\frac{b\sqrt{3}}{2})

    36 \times 2 \times 2 = b \times b \times \sqrt{3}

    b^2 = \frac{144}{\sqrt{3}}

    Then take square root on both sides to get the length of the base, which is also equal to x.
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