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Multiple Viewpoints on Finding the Area

May 31, 2009

Cool problem exploration over at The Curmudgeon.

In discussing the following problem over on Math Notations, there’s been an interesting mix of methodology.

In the coordinate plane, what is the area of ΔPQR given the coordinates P(4.5,4.5), Q(8.5,8.5), and R(6,0)?

The first level of difficulty lies, of course, in getting the image correct. Leaving this up to the kids makes for a tougher problem. Here’s the diagram.

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So the question fairly begs for a solution and it was interesting to me how many different ideas came up. Before you scroll down and see what the others did, try this problem yourself.

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