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# Areas of plane figures

Areas of plane figures: square, rectangle, rhombus, parallelogram,
trapezoid, quadrangle, right-angled triangle, isosceles triangle,
equilateral triangle, arbitrary triangle, polygon, regular hexagon,
circle, sector, segment of a circle. Heron's formula.

Any  triangle.  a, b, c – sides;  a – a base;  h – a height;  A, B, C – angles,
opposite to sides  a, b, c ;    p = ( a + b + c ) / 2.

The last expression is known as Heron's  formula.

A polygon, area of which we want to determine, can be divided into some triangles by its diagonals. A polygon, circumscribed around a circle  ( Fig. 67 ), can be divided by lines, going from a center of a circle to its vertices. Then we receive:

Particularly, this formula is valid for any regular polygon.

A regular hexagon.  a – a side

A circle. D – a diameter;  r – a radius.

A sector  ( Fig.68 ).  r – a radius; n – a degree measure of a central angle;
l – a length of an arc.

A segment  ( Fig.68 ). An area of a segment is found as a difference between areas of a sector AmBO and a triangle AOB. Besides, the approximate formula for an area of a segment is:

where  a = AB ( Fig.68 ) – a base of segment;  h – its height ( h = r – OD ). A relative error of this formula is equal:  at AmB = 60 deg  – about 1.5% ;  at  AmB = 30 deg   ~0.3%.

E x a m p l e .  Calculate areas of the sector AmBO  ( Fig.68 )  and the segment
AmB at the following data: r = 10 cm, n = 60 deg.

S o l u t i o n .  A sector area:

An area of the regular triangle AOB:

Hence, an area of a segment:

Note, that in a regular triangle AOB:  AB = AO = BO = r
AD = BD = r / 2 , and  therefore a height OD according to
Pythagorean theorem is equal to:

Then, according to the approximate formula we’ll receive:

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