# The base of a triangular pyramid is a triangle with corners at #(2 ,4 )#, #(3 ,2 )#, and #(8 ,5 )#. If the pyramid has a height of #5 #, what is the pyramid's volume?

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Mar 1, 2016

#### Explanation:

The volume of a pyramid is a third of the base area multiplied by the height.

#V = 1/3 xx A xx h#

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The easiest way to compute the base area is using the Heron's formula.

Using the Pythagorean Theorem, we can get the length of the 3 edges of the triangle.

#l_1 = sqrt{(2 - 3)^2 + (4 - 2)^2} = sqrt5#

#l_2 = sqrt{(2 - 8)^2 + (4 - 5)^2} = sqrt37#

#l_3 = sqrt{(3 - 8)^2 + (2 - 5)^2} = sqrt34#

The semi-perimeter is given by

#s = frac{l_1 + l_2 + l_3}{2} ~~ 7.07#

The area given by Heron's formula is

#A = sqrt{s(s-l_1)(s-l_2)(s-l_3)} = 13/2#

The volume of the pyramid is

#V = 1/3 xx 13/2 xx 5 = 65/6#