# Find the area of triangle whose sides are 5cm,12cm and 13cm,aiso find its shortest altitude?

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by nishavini

2015-04-02T11:44:08+05:30
For the area of a triangle, you have the formula,
(s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c))^1/2
where s= (a+b+c)/2
but this is aright angled triangle, so you can easily apply the formula area=1/2axb, where a=12, b=5
for altitude, you can imagine it divides the hypotenuse into 2 parts x and 13-x
h,x,5 (h is length of altitude) form a right angled triangle whereas h,13-x,12 form another.
using pythagoras theorm, solve for x.
then find the altitude.
the shortest altitude is the altitude to the hypotenuse.

thanks,hope you will help me in future
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2015-04-02T17:52:21+05:30
You can find are of any triangle by HERON'S fromula if all its sides are known.
Here Sides are - 5 cm, 12 cm and 13 cm.
So, s = (a+b+c+)/2 where a,b, and c are sides of triangle
s = (5+12+13)/2 = 30/2 = 15
Area =
Area =
So, Area = 30

And the smallest height will be on the largest base. So here the largest side is 13 cm.
So by area formula we have
Area = 1/2 *base * height
But area = 30
so, 30 = 1/2 * 13 *height
height = 60/13 = 4.615 cm
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