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 April 17th, 2014, 11:35 PM #1 Newbie   Joined: Apr 2014 From: India Posts: 4 Thanks: 0 Why area differs if approach is changed ? Hi friends, I am sorry if this not the right section to ask this. I was solving a simple calculus math and was about to get the answer, but got interrupted by my study-mate (is it a word ?) and then confusion came like :- Figure is like this : A quadrilateral ABCD where AB || CD and AB = 78 CM CD = 52 CM AD = 28 CM BC = 30 CM We need to find the area of this quadrilateral. My approach : Drawing a line CE so, it creates a parallelogram with AECD and AE = 52 CE = 28 CD = 52 AD = 28 From, here I went to the Triangle BCE where BC = 30 CE = 28 (from above) EB = 26 (78-52) Then, I calculated the area of this Triangle using S and tried to find the h of this triangle which came like : 336/13 CM Now, as I have the distance or height of the quadrilateral ABCD as 336/13 I calculated the area using formula 1/2 (AB+CD) * d (or h) Which is 1680 CM^2, and correct by book itself. But my friend interrupted when I calculated the area of The Triangle BCE and said that as we have the area of Triangle, we have to only calculate the area of the parallelogram and adding both we will get the required area, it sound right to me, so I tried again with his approach where now I had a parallelogram like : AECD, where AE = 52 CE = 28 CD = 52 AD = 28 using formula H*W = 52*28 = 1456 CM^2 And, we had already Triangles area as 336 CM^2 And theoretically the area of the quadrilateral should be equal to = 1456+336 =1752 CM^2 which is not correct as I calculated above, and book also confirmed 1680 CM^2. Any idea why both differs so much (I could understand if it has minor degree varying). April 18th, 2014, 01:24 AM #2 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: UK Posts: 967 Thanks: 344 You used the wrong H for the parallelogram, you should have used h (336/13) Thanks from Amanalice April 18th, 2014, 04:53 AM   #3
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 Originally Posted by weirddave You used the wrong H for the parallelogram, you should have used h (336/13)
Ok my bad, but its same H or h, just I wrote H in hurry. April 19th, 2014, 07:38 AM #4 Newbie   Joined: Apr 2014 From: India Posts: 4 Thanks: 0 *Bump* April 19th, 2014, 08:09 AM #5 Senior Member   Joined: Dec 2013 From: some subspace Posts: 212 Thanks: 72 Math Focus: real analysis, vector analysis, numerical analysis, discrete mathematics Your friend is wrong. The area of the parallelogram is not 52*28, but in general $\displaystyle area = ab\sin (\textrm{angle between sides})$. Only, if the angle is $\displaystyle 90^{\circ}$, the area is $\displaystyle ab = ah$. Thanks from Amanalice April 19th, 2014, 08:14 AM   #6
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 Originally Posted by Amanalice Then, I calculated the area of this Triangle using S and tried to find the h of this triangle which came like : 336/13 CM
You made a mistake here: $h$ should be $\mathrm{\dfrac{198}{13}\ cm}$. $\mathrm{\dfrac{336}{13}\ cm}$ is the length of EB. April 19th, 2014, 09:19 AM #7 Newbie   Joined: Apr 2014 From: India Posts: 4 Thanks: 0 Shit, Now I got it too. Dont know how it got slipped from my logic. Very much thank you friends. Feeling happy  April 19th, 2014, 01:36 PM   #8
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 Originally Posted by Amanalice using formula H*W = 52*28 = 1456 CM^2 And, we had already Triangles area as 336 CM^2 And theoretically the area of the quadrilateral should be equal to = 1456+336 =1752 CM^2

The H used was 28, whereas it should have been 336/13 (the same h as the triangle), sorry if it wasn't clear that's what I meant in my previous post. Tags approach, area, changed, differs Thread Tools Show Printable Version Email this Page Display Modes Linear Mode Switch to Hybrid Mode Switch to Threaded Mode Similar Threads Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post zaff9 Abstract Algebra 7 September 21st, 2013 12:50 AM matthius Calculus 0 February 20th, 2012 08:26 AM akle Calculus 1 July 9th, 2010 11:11 AM cmmcnamara Advanced Statistics 4 February 10th, 2010 06:49 AM empiricus Algebra 3 September 17th, 2009 06:48 PM

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