Finding the Area of a Triangle

How do you find the area of a triangle? The area of a triangle is found using ½ base x height. Let’s look an easy example using a right triangle.

Step 1. We need to know the base and height to plug into the formula ½ base*height

In a right triangle your two legs are your base and your height

Step 2. Plug in 8 for the base and 6 for the height. Please note that 6 is your height and it is perpendicular with your base.

Step 3. Solve 1/2 8 * 6 You have two choices A. Take half of 8 =4 times 6= 24 inches

B. Multiply 6*8= 48 then take ½ of 48 =24

inches

Step 4. Remember area is two dimensional so the answer is in inches squared

Finally, remember in a right triangle to find the area you just multiply you multiply the length of the two legs and take ½ of this number

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