Showing area of triangle

Homework Statement

Show that for all $$\theta \epsilon (0, \pi)$$, the area of a triangle with side lengths a and b with included angle $$\theta is A = \frac{1}{2} a b sin \theta$$. (Hint: You need to consider two cases)

The Attempt at a Solution

I have just begun working on this problem.. not really sure where to start.

Does $$\theta \epsilon (0, \pi)$$ mean that the angle is > than 0 and < than pi?
Am I supposed to show that when the angle is less than or greater than the condition then the equation to find area is not valid?

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Dick
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Yes, that's what (0,pi) means. The only cases where the area is not ab*sin(theta) is where sin(theta) might be negative. They aren't in (0,pi). What's the area in that case?

The area is bh/2

Dick
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The area is bh/2

They want you to give an answer in terms of the sides a and b. Not the base and the height.

Can you give me a little more hint -_-;

What are the two cases that I need to consider?

Dick
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Can you give me a little more hint -_-;

What are the two cases that I need to consider?

Use trig and A=bh/2. What's h in terms of a and the included angle? Draw a right triangle. And I'm really not sure what the 'two cases' they are talking about are.

h = b(sin theta)
or
h = b(sin 180 - theta)

Dick