  Master the 7 pillars of school success Find the area of an Isosceles triangle with a height of 8 units and a base of 5 units.

Area =1/2 • (5 units) • (8 units)
Area =1/2 • (40 units^2)
Area = 20 units^2

5  ### Base of Triangle and Altitude       # How to find the area of a triangle

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## 6 Formulas for finding the area of a triangle

How do you find the area of a triangle? There are several methods for finding the area of a triangle. The most commonly used equation for the area of a triangle that works for all triangles is one half base times height.
1/2 b*h
b = base
h = height

Below are videos that show an example of each different method.

->The left hand column is the needed information.
->The video shows an example problem explaining how to find the area of a triangle with the given information.

Choose the video from the handy chart that best helps you find the area of the triangle based on the information you are given.
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Use the following Method
Half Base times Height
An acute triangle has a height of 5 units and a base of 10 units. What is the area of this triangle?
Solution:  Area = ½ (10) *(5) A = ½ (50) A = 25 units^2 Remember area is always units squared Find the area of a triangle with sides of 5 units,6 units, and 7 units.
With this example you can use Heron’s formula.
Solution:
Find S   5+6+7/2 = 18/2 = 9
Area = √(9(9-5))9-6)(9-7))
√(216 )=14.6868 units^2 Find the area of an equilateral triangle with of 4 units.
Solution: Area = 4^2√3/4
A =16√3/4
A =16 * 1.73/4
A =27.71/4 = 6.92 units^2 8