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    Is this the correct area of this triangle?

    TRIANGLE: http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1344/trig.jpg

    I worked out that it would be 127 cm2
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia59 View Post
    TRIANGLE: http://img172.imageshack.us/img172/1344/trig.jpg

    I worked out that it would be 138 cm2
    No.

    For any triangle, it's area can be found using the formula

    A = \frac{1}{2}\,ab\,\sin{C}, where C is the angle in between sides a and b.


    So A = \frac{1}{2}\cdot 12\,\textrm{m}\cdot 30\,\textrm{m} \cdot \sin{45^{\circ}}

     = 180\,\textrm{m}^2\cdot \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}

     = 90\sqrt{2}\,\textrm{m}^2.
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    But i thought the rule was 1/2 * bc sin A
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia59 View Post
    But i thought the rule was 1/2 * bc sin A
    That's exactly the same rule. I've just chosen two different sides of the triangle.

    Point is, you need two sides of the triangle and the angle between them.

    BTW I always like to keep the solutions exact where possible, hence the square root value rather than the decimal.
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    ok, but when i enter 1/2 * 12 * 30 * sin 45 on the calculator it gives me 127....is that not right? i dont understand where you get the 90 from?
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    Thumbs down

    I'm not sure why you reposted this question when I already answered it in your other thread: http://www.mathhelpforum.com/math-he...-triangle.html. Did you not see it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia59 View Post
    ok, but when i enter 1/2 * 12 * 30 * sin 45 on the calculator it gives me 127....is that not right? i dont understand where you get the 90 from?
    Like I said, I've kept the answer exact.

    The answer is not 90.

    The answer is 90 \times \sqrt{2}.


    Notice that when you put it into the calculator you get a decimal answer. This is NOT exact, it is a decimal approximation to 90\times\sqrt{2}.


    You have done the right thing but have gotten the decimal answer rather than the exact answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia59 View Post
    ok, but when i enter 1/2 * 12 * 30 * sin 45 on the calculator it gives me 127....is that not right? i dont understand where you get the 90 from?
    \frac{1}{2} \cdot 12 \cdot 30 \cdot \sin 45^{\circ}
    \begin{aligned}<br />
&= \frac{1}{2} \cdot 12 \cdot 30 \cdot \frac{\sqrt 2}{2} \\<br />
&= 90\sqrt {2}<br />
\end{aligned}
    Do you see where the 90 comes from now?


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    Last edited by yeongil; July 6th 2009 at 01:54 AM. Reason: beaten to it...
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    oh i see now, thanks for your help.

    (not sure how to reply on forums, havent really used them before, dont know whether im sposed to click post reply or quote)
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    Quote Originally Posted by olivia59 View Post
    oh i see now, thanks for your help.

    (not sure how to reply on forums, havent really used them before, dont know whether im sposed to click post reply or quote)
    Either way is fine.

    On this forum though, it is proper etiquette to thank the people who have helped you by clicking on the "Thanks" link in their posts.
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