# Find the area of quadrilateral ABCD whose vertices are A(-3,-1) B(-2,-4) C(4,-1) D(3,4) ?????COORDINATE GEOMETRY QUESTION .

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by jithinbj

2015-01-02T14:46:26+05:30

A(-3,1), B(-2,-4), C(4,-1), D(3,4) are the vertices of quadrilateral ABCD

Let AC be the diagonal of quad ABCD

ar of triangle ABC= 1/2[x1(y2-y3) -x2(y3-y1) -x3(y1-y2)]

= 1/2[ (-3) (-4+1) + (-2) (-1+1) +4(-1+4) ]

=1/2[9+0+12]

=21/2 sq units

ar of triangle ADC= 1/2[ (-3) (4+1) + 3(-1+1) + 4(-1-4)]

=1/2[-15+0-20]

= -35/2 sq units (since area cant be negative so area of triangle ADC=35/2 sq units)

Hence ar of quadrilateral ABCD= 21/2 + ( 35/2)

=56/2= 28 sq units

THANK YOU
perhaps a simpler method exists
2015-01-02T15:27:03+05:30

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Please see diagram.  In such cases, it is simpler to first draw the diagram after plotting the points.   In general, area of a quadrilateral can be found by splitting it into two triangles by a diagonal and finding each area by using the formula.

Here, we observe here that two points are on a horizontal line. A and C are on the line y = -1  or  y + 1 = 0

So,  perpendicular from B on to AC = |-4 + 1| /1 = 3  units
Perpendicular from D on to AC = | 4 + 1 | / 1 = 5 units
AC = 4 - (-3) = 7  units

Total area of ABCD = 1/2 * 7 * (3 + 5) = 28  square units