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Triangle ABC has a perimeter of 18. Which of the following cannot be

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Triangle ABC has a perimeter of 18. Which of the following cannot be the area of triangle ABC?

(A) 119/359
(B) 359/119
(C) π
(D) 12
(E) 16


It should be E. Even if the triangle is equilateral (side 6) in which case its area would be maximum, area cannot be 16.

\(A*\sqrt{3}/4\)

\(6*\sqrt{3}/4\) \(= 15.59\)

Rest of the values are possible by playing with large and small values of base and height.
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2 rules to remember always in such questions
- For a given perimeter, equilateral triangle has the largest area
- For a given area, equilateral triangle has the smallest perimeter

With the above context, if perimeter is 18 then each side of an equilateral triangle will be 6

Area will be (sqrt)3*3*3/4=9(sqrt)3~15.3

Hence only option above 15 is E. Answer is E
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