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Revision Notes on Heron’s Formula


It is the outside boundary of any closed shape. To find the perimeter we need to add all the sides of the given shape.


The perimeter of a rectangle is the sum of its all sides. Its unit is same as of its length.

Perimeter = 3 + 7 + 3 + 7 cm

Perimeter of rectangle = 20 cm


Area of any closed figure is the surface enclosed by the perimeter. Its unit is square of the unit of the length.

Area of a triangle

The general formula to find the area of a triangle, if the height is given, is

Area of a triangle

Area of a Right Angled Triangle

Right angled triangleIf we have to find the area of a right-angled triangle then we can use the above formula directly by taking the two sides having the right angle one as the base and one as height.

Here base = 3 cm and height = 4 cm

Area of triangle = 1/2 × 3 × 4

= 6 cm 2

Remark: If you take base as 4 cm and height as 3 cm then also the area of the triangle will remain the same.

Area of Equilateral Triangle

If all the three sides are equal then it is said to be an equilateral triangle.

In the equilateral triangle, first, we need to find the height by making the median of the triangle.

Equilateral TriangleHere the equilateral triangle has three equal sides i.e. 10 cm.

If we take the midpoint of BC then it will divide the triangle into two right angle triangle.

Now we can use the Pythagoras theorem to find the height of the triangle.

AB2 = AD2 + BD2

(10)2 = AD2 + (5)2

AD2 = (10)2 – (5)2

AD2 = 100 - 25 = 75

AD = 5√3

Now we can find the area of triangle by

Area of triangle = 1/2 × base × height

= 1/2 × 10 × 5√3

 25√3 cm2

Area of Isosceles Triangle

In the isosceles triangle also we need to find the height of the triangle then calculate the area of the triangle.

Isosceles TriangleHere,


Area of a Triangle — by Heron’s Formula

The formula of area of a triangle is given by heron and it is also called Hero’s Formula.

Heron’s Formula

where a, b and c are the sides of the triangle and s is the semiperimeter 


Generally, this formula is used when the height of the triangle is not possible to find or you can say if the triangle is a scalene triangle.

Here the sides of triangle are

Scalene triangleAB = 12 cm

BC = 14 cm

AC = 6 cm


Application of Heron’s Formula in Finding Areas of Quadrilaterals

If we know the sides and one diagonal of the quadrilateral then we can find its area by using the Heron's formula.

Find the area of the quadrilateral if its sides and the diagonal are given as follows.

Given, the sides of the quadrilateral

QuadrilateralsAB = 9 cm

BC = 40 cm

DC = 28 cm

AD = 15 cm

Diagonal is AC = 41 cm

Here, ∆ABC is a right angle triangle, so its area will be

Right angle triangle

Area of Quadrilateral ABCD = Area of ∆ABC + Area of ∆ADC

= 180 cm2 + 126 cm2

= 306 cm2


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