Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH152/April 2010/Question B 06 (a)
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Question B 06 (a) 

Consider the triangle T in three dimensions with vertices (0, 1, 2), (1, 1, 5) and (1, 2, 2). Consider also the plane P that contains T. What is the area of T? 
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Don't fall back to the elementary method of calculating base and height. There is a linearalgebraic formula for area of parallelogram which you can make use of. 
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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. The area of T is half of the area of a parallelogram with vertices (0, 1, 2), (1, 1, 5) and (1, 2, 2). Meanwhile, the area of a parallelogram is the magnitude of the cross product of vectors of two adjacent sides. A convenient choice of vectors representing two adjacent sides are the ones with common vertex (0, 1, 2). They are (1, 1, 5)  (0, 1, 2) = (1, 0, 3) and (1, 2, 2)  (0, 1, 2) = (1, 1, 0) Hence, 