Tuesday, May 23, 1995

Help with a math question...moderately simple, but I don't understand it. Please & thank you!?

"Explain how the area of a triangle is related to the area of a rectangle with similar dimensions."

I...don't get this at all. It might as well be in Japanese. I get a headache even reading it. If someone could explain this so that I understand, I will owe you my eternal gratitude.

Answer on Help with a math question...moderately simple, but I don't understand it. Please & thank you!?

As was mentioned when you draw a line diagonally from one corner to the other of a rectangle you create two triangles each with half the area of the rectangle. This is why the area of a triangle is equal to 1/2 b x h. Whereas the area of the rectangle is equal to just b x h. Regardless of the size or shape of the rectangle, when the diagonal is drawn you create two triangles which are equal to half of the rectangle. Don't confuse a rectangle with a trapezoid. The area of a trapezoid is 1/2 (b1 + b2) x h.