A triangle doesn’t need to be right – angled for the area to be easily found. For the triangle – not rightangled, equliateral or isosceles – labelled as below,
The area is calculated from
To prove this formula, draw a line from B to meet the line AC (the side labelled b) at right angles.
The side b can then be used as the base of the triangle and BO is the height.
For the triangle ABO,so thatand the area of the triangle is
We can think of the formula as
Using this alternative definition we can also write