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In the rectangular coordinate system above, if point (a, b), shown, and the two points (4a, b) and (2a, 2b), not shown, were connected by straight lines, then the area of the resulting triangular region, in terms of a and b, would be


(A) ab/2

(B) ab

(C) 3ab/2

(D) 2ab

(E) 4ab


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Hi,

Solve the determinant
1/2*
| x1 y1 1|
| x2 y2 1|
| x3 y3 1|
to get the area of the triangle. The answer comes out to be C

If you are not comfortable solving determinants, please use Area of triangle = 1/2∗|(x1y2−y1x2)+(x2y3−y2x3)+(x3y1−y3x1)|

Originally posted by munzuto on 05 Jul 2018, 21:56.
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In the rectangular coordinate system above, if point (a, b), shown, and the two points (4a, b) and (2a, 2b), not shown, were connected by straight lines, then the area of the resulting triangular region, in terms of a and b, would be


(A) ab/2

(B) ab

(C) 3ab/2

(D) 2ab

(E) 4ab
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Given triangle with co-ordinates (a, b),(4a, b) and (2a, 2b).

length of base=4a-a=3a unit
length of height=2b-b=b unit

Area of triangle=\(\frac{1}{2}*base*height\)=\(\frac{1}{2}*3a*b\)=\(\frac{3ab}{2}\)

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These kinds of questions should be visualizedin order to make them easier for the further analysis. In more detail, one can imagine the points (a,b) as (1,1). Afterward, it will be more visually appropriate to imagine the points (4a,b) and (2a,2b). When one draws them in the coordinate system, the triangle becomes apparent. Thus one can see both the height and the base more easily, and make further judgments. In this case, the 3a turns out to be the height(or base) and the b to the base. So the afterward calculation I am sure that everybody knows.
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