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Where did this equation come from?

  1. Aug 13, 2012 #1
    I was perusing the internet and I came across a formula for the area of triangle in a coordinate plane.

    With Vertices of (x1,y1) (x2,y2) (x3,y3)
    Area= 1/2 [(y2-y1)(x1-x3)-(x2-x1)(y1-y3)]

    There was no description with the formula. Where did it come from and why does it work?
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 13, 2012 #2

    Look here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangle#Using_Heron.27s_formula , under "using coordinates", the third "T" there.

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