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    [SOLVED] Is this a trick question?

    In the course of my trigonometry work I came upon a question that seems deceptively simple:

    A triangle has sides, 18, 27, 36. What is it's area?

    I'm betting that all I have to do is multiply 18*27 then divide by 2 resulting in an answer: 243^2
    However, I have a feeling that I might be missing a step or two, so am I not thinking this through enough, or am I just looking to hard?
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    Hi there, have a go at Heron's formula

    A = \sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)} where s= \frac{a+b+c}{2}

    Heron's formula - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Ah......
    Thank you!
    I feel rather dim , but very grateful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MathBlaster47 View Post
    I feel rather dim ,
    Don't, everyone starts somewhere. Asking for help is not an easy thing to do, so you should feel proud now that you know a new method.

    There is not one mathematician that knows everything about Math, we are all always learning new things.
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    I really appreciate the encouragement, Pickslides-needed that!

    Math is..... yet to become one of my better skills.

    Now if you ever need help with writing or organic gardening....

    Thanks for all you do here!
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