One formula - two derivations

Community Mathematics Centre, CoMaC (2012) One formula - two derivations. At Right Angles, 1 (1). pp. 35-38.

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With what relief a student uses the simple formula ‘Area of a triangle = 1/2 base × height’! Though Heron’s formula for the area in terms of its three sides has a pleasing symmetry convenient for memorization, it often seems cumbersome in comparison. A look at how this formula is derived will perhaps enable the student to remember and appreciate the formula, not for this reason but for the sheer elegance of the derivation.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Community Mathematics Centre, CoMaC
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Pythagoras, Heron, Proof, Derivations
Subjects: Natural Sciences > Mathematics
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > At Right Angles
Full Text Status: Public
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