# Math Help - Area triangle using determinant

1. ## Area triangle using determinant

In the accompanying figure ,the area of the triangle $ABC$ can be expressed as

Area $ABC$ = Area $ADEC$ + Area $CEFB$ - Area $ADFB$
Use this and the fact that the area of trapezoid equal ½ of the altitude times the sum of the parallel sides to show that

$Area ABC=\frac{1}{2}\left(\begin{matrix} x_1 &y_2 &1\\x_2 &y_2 & 1 \\x_3 &y_3&1\end{matrix}\right)$

[Note-in the derivation of this formula, the vertices are labelled such that the triangle is traced counter-clockwise proceeding from $(x_1,y_1)$ to $(x_2,y_2)$ to $(x_3,y_3)$ .for a clockwise orientation, the determinant above yields the negative of the area.]

2. ## Re: Area triangle using determinant

$\frac{1}{2}\left(\begin{matrix} x_1 &y_2 &1\\x_2 &y_2 & 1 \\x_3 &y_3&1\end{matrix}\right)$

You could always expand this, re-arrange and see if you get a form that is equal to Area ADEC + Area CEFB - Area ADFB. In that case, you are done...