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**Triangle Area**

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The diagram shows the same triangle with different bases and heights. |

Any side of the triangle can be the base. The height of a triangle is always perpendicular to the base. |

If you remember, the area formula for parallelograms is A = bh.

The area formula for triangles is half of that, A = ½ bh.

Why is the area formula for triangles ½ of the area formula for parallelograms?

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Take a triangle (base and height labeled) | Make a copy of the first triangle | When you put the two triangles together, they form a parallelogram. |

**Example: **

In the diagram, the height of the triangle is 4 cm.

area =

The corresponding base is 6 cm.

The base is NOT 5 cm because the height is perpendicular to the side labeled 6 cm.Now, put the values into the triangle area formula.

The answer is area = .

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