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The formula of a tetrahedron with vertices A, B , C and D is given by ( AB × AC ) • AD .
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Here is the full derivation:

Let vector normal to plane ABC be n, then n = AB × AC

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Area of triangular base ABC = AB × AC = | n |
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Vertical height of vertex D above plane ABC = l = AD • n = AD • n
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Volume of tetrahedron = (base area) (vertical height l )
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= 
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| n |  | n | AD • n 
  

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= AD • n = ( AB × AC ) • AD (shown)
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