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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**If an isosceles triangle PQR, in which PQ=PR=12 cm, is inscribed in a circle of radius 18 cm, find the area of the triangle**

1) Use the circle tool to create a circle with a radius of 18.

2) Put point P on the circle.

3) Draw a circle with radius 12 using P as the center.

4) Use the intersection tool to find the 2 intersections of the 2 circles, Label them Q and R.

5) Hide the smaller circle and use the polygon tool to create the triangle with P,Q and R as vertices.

6) Read off the value of poly1 and take it over to the ISC.

http://isc.carma.newcastle.edu.au/

there using the super techniques of experimental mathematics they will guess at a nice analytical form for all those digits.

7) Read off

this agrees with the analytical answer nicely.

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Hmm

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did you try this?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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No, how does geogebra get the area?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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There are many ways to get the area of a triangle knowing 3 points.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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Oh, I remember. I have a formula.

Yes, I did this but using pen and paper rather than a maxhine

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Then I suggest you try post #1 to see how it works.

Yes, I did this but using pen and paper rather than a maxhine

Yikes!

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Why is it different?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Better than me trying to explain in my words why not listen to the experts who understand it better.

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 06#p266506

After you read all of that it should be clearer.

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bobbym wrote:

There are many ways to get the area of a triangle knowing 3 points.

Yup.

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bobbym wrote:

Better than me trying to explain in my words why not listen to the experts who understand it better.

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 06#p266506

After you read all of that it should be clearer.

Who is the expert there?

When I did it using coordinate geometry, I'm also using the same method as Geogebra will. Why is that any different?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Did you check my solution? I would not have got the idea without geogebra. These babies can also give you insight on how to do it with pencil and paper.

Who is the expert there?

Some mathematician, I failed to include the name. More importantly did you read it?

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Yes, it is your solution that I did on pen and paper. Why do you still want me to do the same method on a computer again?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not again, first!

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I beg your pardon?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Why do you still want me to do the same method on a computer again?

I was saying the problem should be done first on the computer.

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