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# What is the area of the triangle above?

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What is the area of the triangle above?

(A) 6 + √5
(B) 3 + √5
(C) (3 + √5)/2
(D) 2
(E) 1

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Updated on: 20 Aug 2017, 03:18

Lets name the vertices A,B and C, s.t AC = √5, AB = 1, and BC = 2
Because $$AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2$$, the triangle is a right angled at B.

Therefore the area = $$\frac{1}{2}$$*Base*Height = $$\frac{1}{2}*2*1 = 1$$(Option E)
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Originally posted by pushpitkc on 18 Aug 2017, 01:49.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Aug 2017, 03:18, edited 1 time in total.
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18 Aug 2017, 04:56
Bunuel wrote:

What is the area of the triangle above?

(A) 6 + √5
(B) 3 + √5
(C) (3 + √5)/2
(D) 2
(E) 1

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1. We must check whether this triangle is a right triangle.
2. Since ($$\sqrt{5}$$)^2 is equal to 1^2 + 2^2, we can confirm that this is a right triangle.
3. So the area : $$\frac{1}{2}$$ * base * height = $$\frac{1}{2}$$ * 1 * 2 = 1

E.
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19 Aug 2017, 02:39
pushpitkc wrote:

Lets name the vertices A,B and C, s.t AC = √5, AB = 1, and BC = 2
Because $$AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2$$, the triangle is a right angled at B.

Therefore the area = $$\frac{1}{2}$$*Base*Height = $$\frac{1}{2}*2*1 = 2$$(Option E)

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