Alyssa Z.

asked • 23d# Find the area in square inches of the figure shown.

Find the area in square inches of the figure shown.

8 in.

17 in.

39 in.

36 in.

A four-sided figure is formed from two right triangles that share a leg, shown by a dashed line segment. The unshared leg and hypotenuse of one triangle are longer than those of the other triangle. The figure has four labeled lengths.

- The larger triangle has the following lengths.
- The unshared leg is labeled 36 inches.
- The side opposite the right angle is labeled 39 inches.
- The smaller triangle has the following lengths.
- The unshared leg is labeled 8 inches.
- The side opposite the right angle is labeled 17 inches.

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## 1 Expert Answer

With apology to David W. I think this problem is easier than that (although maybe not what was expected)

The shared side is easily seen to be 15.

The area of the larger triangle is .5*36*39*15/39 and the smaller triangle is .5*8*17*15/17.

Oh, heck! It is easier to see than that...so easy, I won't even trouble to write it down.

You have 2 right triangles of which you know both legs!!!!!

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David W.

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