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July 2nd, 2014, 05:49 AM   #1
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Area of a quadrilateral

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Can I find the area of a quadrilateral if just the lengths of all sides are known? I don't know the internal angles. Please help

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Can I find the area of a quadrilateral if just the lengths of all sides are known? I don't know the internal angles.
No. Consider a rhombus: you can squeeze the opposite sides together, reducing the area, without changing the length of the sides.

If you know the lengths of the diagonals in addition to the lengths of the sizes then you can find the area, though. Also (as mentioned above) you can do it if you know the quadrilateral can be inscribed in a circle using Brahmagupta's formula (the extension of Heron's formula to quadrilaterals).
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Can I find the area of a quadrilateral if just the lengths of all sides are known?

Think about it . . .

Suppose we have a quadrilateral with four equal sides.
What is its area?

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How can we find its area when we don't know its shape?

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