anonymous
  • anonymous
what is the area of an equilateral triangle with perimeter 12?
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anonymous
  • anonymous
4sqrt(3)
anonymous
  • anonymous
2*
anonymous
  • anonymous
^delete

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anonymous
  • anonymous
If the triangle is equilateral, it has three equal sides. The length of each side is then, \[12/3=4\]units. The area of any plane triangle is \[\frac{1}{2}(base)(perpendicular.height)\](perpendicular height is perpendicular distance from base to top). You have the base. You now need the perpendicular height. If you draw an equilateral triangle and drop a line from the apex to the bottom, such that the line is perpendicular to the base, you'll have two congruent, right-angled triangles. The base of each of these triangles will be 2 and the hypotenuse, 4. You need to use Pythagoras' Theorem to solve for the height:\[4^2=2^2+h^2 \rightarrow 16=4+h^2 \rightarrow h^2=12 \rightarrow \]\[h=\pm \sqrt{12}=\pm 2\sqrt{3}\]We only take the positive solution since you're not having negative length here. So now you have everything you need: base, height, and so the area is,\[A=\frac{1}{2}\times 4\times 2\sqrt{3}=4\sqrt{3}\] square units.
anonymous
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appleman, sorry, I didn't see your answer before I ploughed in!

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