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    Question Please help with formula

    I have quadrangle with coordinates x,y (3, 4) (2, 5) (8, 3) (4, 2), can someone explain how to use them in this formula
    Centroid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to calculate centroid.

    I know how to get the area, but I have no idea how to use these coordinates in this formula. My english my not be perfect, in this case by quadrangle i mean an irregular figure where every angle may differ.

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    You don't need that formula...

    You have to find the center quadrangle, start with drawing that shape on x-y coordinates and then try to find the center point(it includes x and y)
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    I tried to divide it in two triangles, get their centroid, then (x1,y1)+(x2,y2), but it was wrong, i found this formula and my tutor told me that this is correct, but now I have to figure this out. The problem is with Xi+1, because I understand that this is sum of all these together. When i insert the last x, what should i insert for Yi+1? the first y in list?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oxxxis View Post
    I have quadrangle with coordinates x,y (3, 4) (2, 5) (8, 3) (4, 2), can someone explain how to use them in this formula
    Centroid - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia to calculate centroid.

    I know how to get the area, but I have no idea how to use these coordinates in this formula. My english my not be perfect, in this case by quadrangle i mean an irregular figure where every angle may differ.

    Thank you
    First, choose a point \left(x_0,\;y_0\right) and label the remaining points in counterclockwise fashion.

    For example:

    \left(x_0,\;y_0\right)=(8,\;3)

    \left(x_1,\;y_1\right)=(2,\;5)

    \left(x_2,\;y_2\right)=(3,\;4)

    \left(x_3,\;y_3\right)=(4,2)

    \left(x_4,\;y_4\right)=\left(x_0,\;y_0\right)

    Then

    \displaystyle\ A=\frac{1}{2}\sum_{i=0}^{n-1}\left[x_i\;y_{i+1}-x_{i+1}\;y_i\right]=

    \frac{1}{2}\left[x_0\;y_1-x_1\;y_0\right]+\frac{1}{2}\left[x_1\;y_2-x_2\;y_1\right]+\frac{1}{2}\left[x_2\;y_3-x_3\;y_2\right]+\frac{1}{2}\left[x_3\;y_0-x_0\;y_3\right]

    Similarly for C_x,\;\;C_y
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    Thank you very much!
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