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**Lolz****Member**- Registered: 2017-07-30
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Plz give hints to the problem. It seems easy but it is not.

The points $A\, (5,-5)$ and $B\, (-1,-1)$ are the endpoints of the hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle $\triangle ABC$. What is the area of $ABC$?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Lolz

welcome to the forum.

I think I can help. Stay on -line while I make a diagram

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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OK. Not quick enough to catch before you logged out. Never mind I have it sorted. If AB is the hypotenuse, and C is 90 degrees, there's a property of circles that AB is also a diameter. The theory is here:

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=17799

see post 6

So draw coordinate axes, mark A and B and find the midpoint, O. This is the centre of a circle that goes through A, B and C. Draw a line at right angle to AB, through O to cut the circle at C. From there it should be straight forward, but post back if you are still having difficulties.

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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Do you visualize if hypotenuse is taken as base the height of the triangle equals half the length of hypotenuse?

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Can do, but I was thinking of doing 0.5 CB.CA

Bob

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**Lolz****Member**- Registered: 2017-07-30
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Or we could use something like trig, but we don't have the angles to do it fast. Anyway, the midpoint between the two lines is (4,-3). It would be nice if there was an online calculator... but didn't find one. Is there a formula for this problem?

I was working on this problem mentally and got something...probably wrong.

*Last edited by Lolz (2017-07-30 06:49:45)*

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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In a right angle triangle the vertices are on a circle with hypotenuse as diameter.The segment joining midpoint of hypotenuse to the opposite vertex is a radius. If the triangle is also isosceles this segment is perpendicular to the hypotenuse. So the area of the triangle is=1/2*hypotenuse *(hypotenuse/2).

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**Lolz****Member**- Registered: 2017-07-30
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all I did wuz take 30 seconds to think really hard on it and got it. Answer is 13.

*Last edited by zetafunc (2017-07-31 21:13:14)*

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**thickhead****Member**- Registered: 2016-04-16
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Nice.

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