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Area of Triangle Using Trigonometry

**Area of Triangle and Parallelogram Using Trigonometry
**

Topic Index | Algebra2/Trig Index | Regents Exam Prep Center

We are all familiar with the formula for the area of a triangle, , where b stands for the base and h stands for the height drawn to that base.

(the lettering used is of no importance)

In the triangle at the right, the area could be expressed as: Now, let's be a bit more creative and look at the diagram again. By using the right triangle on the left side of the diagram, and our knowledge of trigonometry, we can state that:

This tells us that the height, h, can be expressed as bsinC.

If we substitute this new expression for the height, we can write the triangle area formula as:

(where a and b are adjacent sides and C is the included angle)

We have just discovered that the area of a triangle can be expressed using the lengths of two sides and the sine of the included angle. This is often referred to as the SAS Formula for the area of a triangle. The "letters" in the formula may change from problem to problem, so try to remember the pattern of "two sides and the sine of the included angle".

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If we are looking for an EXACT answer. find its EXACT area. we discovered. we do NOT want to round our value for sin 60º. Be careful!!! When using your graphing calculator. due to the doubling.60º. If we know two sides and the included angle. find its area. Now. that 2/3 . "Wow! A trig area formula for triangles!!!" Example 1: Given the triangle at the right.htm In Example 2.regentsprep. We need to remember that the sin 60º (from our 30º. So the total area of the parallelogram will be double the area of one of the triangles formed by a diagonal. be sure that you are in DEGREE Mode.90º reference triangle) is . Example 2: Given the parallelogram shown at the right. we are in business. www. or that you are using the degree symbol. Express the area rounded to three decimal places.org/Regents/math/algtrig/ATT13/areatriglesson. the diagonal of a parallelogram divides the parallelogram into two congruent triangles.8/29/12 Area of Triangle Using Trigonometry We no longer have to rely on a problem supplying us with the length of the altitude (height) of the triangle in order for us to find the area of the triangle. square units.

that the area of a parallelogram is really just Parallelogram (where a and b are adjacent sides and C is the included angle) Use the TI-83+/84+ graphing calculator with this new area formula. we discovered. Click here. Topic Index | Algebra2/Trig Index | Regents Exam Prep Center Created by Donna Roberts Copyright 1998-2012 http://regentsprep. due to the doubling.org/Regents/math/algtrig/ATT13/areatriglesson.htm 3/3 .8/29/12 Area of Triangle Using Trigonometry In Example 2.regentsprep.org Oswego City School District Regents Exam Prep Center www.

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