Posted by **mota** on Friday, November 9, 2007 at 2:45pm.

i have a question in math

(( distance between two points ))

the vertices of a right triangle are S(-2,-2), T(10,-2), and R(4,5). find the area of the triangle.

please in detales .. thank u

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**Reiny**, Friday, November 9, 2007 at 5:13pm
first of all, your triangle is not right-angled.

The slopes are 7/6, -7/6 and zero

None of these are negative reciprocals of each other, a condition for a right angle.

But the area is easy to find

Clearly the base ST = 12 units and the height from R to ST is 7

So the area = 1/2 x 12 x 7

= 42 units^2

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**mota**, Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 2:21am
thank u

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**mota**, Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 2:49am
can u explain how u get the height ?

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