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Area of a triangle

Excel formula: Area of a triangle
Generic formula 
=(b*h)/2
Summary 

To calculate the area of a triangle in Excel, you can use the standard formula, adapted with Excel's math operators. In the example shown, the formula in C5, copied down, is:

=(B5*C5)/2

which calculates the area of a triangle given height from column B and base from column C.

Explanation 

In geometry, the area enclosed by a triangle is defined by this formula:

where b represents the base of the triangle, and h represents the height, measured at right angles to the base. In Excel, the same formula can be represented like this:

A=b*h/2

So, for example, to calculate the area of a triangle with a base of 4 and a height of 3:

=4*3/2 // returns 6

 In the example shown, the goal is to calculate the area for eleven triangles with base given in column B and height given in column C. The formula in D5 is:

=(B5*C5)/2

As this formula is copied down the table, it calculates a different area at each new row.

Note: The parentheses in this formula are optional and for readability only. In Excel's order of operations, multiplication will occur before division, so the parentheses are unnecessary.

Author 
Dave Bruns

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