How to Find the Area of a Triangle with SAS

When you know the lengths of two of a triangle’s sides plus the measure of the angle between those sides (SAS), you can find the area of the triangle. This method requires a little trigonometry — you have to find the sine of the angle involved. But the formula is really straightforward.

If triangle ABC has sides measuring a, b, and c opposite the respective angles, then you can find the area with one of these formulas:

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For example, look at the 30-60-90 right triangle in the following figure.

Finding the area of the 30-60-90 triangle.
Finding the area of the 30-60-90 triangle.

First, find the area by using angle B and the two sides forming it.

  1. Choose the correct version of the formula.

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  2. Find the sine of the angle.

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  3. Substitute the values into the formula and simplify.

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Now find the area by using angle C and the two sides forming it.

  1. Choose the correct version of the formula.

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  2. Find the sine of the angle.

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  3. Substitute the values into the formula and simplify.

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Using the method involving angle A gives you the same result, of course. For a quick comparison, just use the formula

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to find the area, because you’re dealing with a right triangle:

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The methods all produce the same result.

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