# finding the shaded area of a triangle

• Aug 13th 2010, 11:19 AM
luckystar001
finding the shaded area of a triangle
i need help with this problem. i have absolutely no clue how to solve it.

Consider the shaded region outside the sector of the circle of radius 8 meters and inside the right triangle. write the area A of the region as a function of Θ.

• Aug 13th 2010, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by luckystar001
i need help with this problem. i have absolutely no clue how to solve it.

Consider the shaded region outside the sector of the circle of radius 8 meters and inside the right triangle. write the area A of the region as a function of Θ.

Hi luckystar001,

the shaded region is the difference between the triangle area and a sector of a circle.

$triangle\ area-sector\ area.$

The triangle area is $0.5(base)(height)$

but since $tan\theta=\frac{height}{8}$

$\Rightarrow\ h=8tan\theta\ \Rightarrow\ triangle\ area=0.5(8)(8tan\theta)$

The area of the complete circle is ${\pi}r^2={\pi}8^2$

The area of the sector is a fraction of the area of the full circle.

That fraction is $\frac{\theta}{360^o}$

Can you complete?
• Aug 13th 2010, 11:54 AM
luckystar001
Thank you very much! I wouldn't have thought of that. You're a genius!