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    Finding the area of a triangle on the space given three points

    Hi there, I must solve the next problem. The sentence says:
    Find the area of a triangle wich vertex are the points: V_1(1,5,-2) V_2(0,0,0) and V_3(3,5,1).

    What I did was define the vectors: \vec{v_1}=(1,5,-2) y \vec{v_3}=(3,5,1), considering the point v_2 is the origin, these vectors are \vec{v_2v_1} y \vec{v_2v_3}.

    So I took the vectors \vec{v_1} and \vec{v_3} and then what I did was getting the module of the vectorial product, which is the area of the parallelogram conformed by these two vectors, and then I've divide it on two:

    A=\displaystyle\frac{||v_1\wedge{v_3}||}{2}

    v_1\wedge{v_3}=(15,-7,-10)\Rightarrow{||(15,-7,-10)||=\sqrt[ ]{347}}

    Then: A=\displaystyle\frac{||v_1\wedge{v_3}||}{2}=\displ  aystyle\frac{\sqrt[ ]{347}}{2}

    Is it right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ulysses View Post
    Hi there, I must solve the next problem. The sentence says:
    Find the area of a triangle wich vertex are the points: V_1(1,5,-2) V_2(0,0,0) and V_3(3,5,1).

    What I did was define the vectors: \vec{v_1}=(1,5,-2) y \vec{v_3}=(3,5,1), considering the point v_2 is the origin, these vectors are \vec{v_2v_1} y \vec{v_2v_3}.

    So I took the vectors \vec{v_1} and \vec{v_3} and then what I did was getting the module of the vectorial product, which is the area of the parallelogram conformed by these two vectors, and then I've divide it on two:

    A=\displaystyle\frac{||v_1\wedge{v_3}||}{2}

    v_1\wedge{v_3}=(15,-7,-10)\Rightarrow{||(15,-7,-10)||=\sqrt[ ]{347}}

    Then: A=\displaystyle\frac{||v_1\wedge{v_3}||}{2}=\displ  aystyle\frac{\sqrt[ ]{347}}{2}

    Is it right?

    Bye, and thanks for commenting.
    \frac{\sqrt{374}}{2}
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    Thanks, didn't note that :P
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