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IGD: Area of a Triangle

Grade:
3-5, 6-8
Standards:
Geometry
Math Content:
Geometry

How Do You Find the Area of a Triangle?

To find the area of a triangle, find a way to make it look like a shape for which you already know how to find the area. Try to make a parallelogram using a copy of the triangle.

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The goal is to create a parallelogram by using a copy of any triangle.

  • Change the size and shape of triangle ABC by dragging points A, B, and C.
  • Click the Make Copy button to make a copy of the blue triangle. Translate the green copy using point D, and rotate it using point E.
  • The Show Dimensions button will complete the problem for you.
  • The Show Dimensions button indicates the dimensions needed to find the area, and the Start Over button resets the drawing.

Use the Make Copy button to create a green copy of the blue triangle. Try to arrange the two triangles to form a parallelogram. Translate the green copy using point D, and rotate it using point E. If you need help, use the First Move and Second Move buttons to show one way of making a parallelogram. There are also two other ways—can you find them?

  • What measurements on the triangle do you need to make in order to find the Area of a Parallelogram?
  • What is the area of the triangle?
IGDAreaOfAParallelogram
Geometry

IGD: Area of a Parallelogram

3-5, 6-8
This applet will show you how to divide the parallelogram into pieces, arrange them together to form a rectangle, and then use the formula for the area of a rectangle to find the area of the parallelogram.
IGDAreaOfARectangle
Geometry

IGD: Area of a Rectangle

3-5, 6-8
Use this tool to show how the side lengths of a rectangle affect the rectangle's area.