The base of a triangle of a given area varies inversely as the height. A triangle has a base of 18cm and a height of 10cm. How do you find the height of a triangle of equal area and with base 15cm?

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Oct 30, 2015

Answer:

Height #=12 cm#

Explanation:

The area of a triangle can be determined with the equation # area = 1/2 * base * height#

Find the area of the first triangle, by substituting the measurements of the triangle into the equation.

#Areatriangle = 1/2 * 18*10#
# = 90cm^2#

Let the height of the second triangle #=x#.

So the area equation for the second triangle #=1/2*15*x#

Since the areas are equal,

#90 = 1/2 * 15*x#

Times both sides by 2.

#180 = 15x#
#x=12#