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Find the area of a triangle π΄π΅πΆ,
where π΄ has coordinates negative eight, negative nine; π΅ has coordinates negative
seven, negative eight; and πΆ has coordinates nine, negative two.

We could begin by trying to draw
the points on a coordinate grid. However, as points π΄ and π΅ are so
close together, it will be difficult to draw this accurately. As a result, we will just sketch
the triangle roughly as shown.

We recall that the area of any
triangle is equal to half the area of a parallelogram, where the lengths of the
sides of the parallelogram are equal to two of the lengths of the triangle. We recall that the area of any
parallelogram is equal to the magnitude of the cross product of vector π and vector
π.

In this question, the area of
parallelogram π΄π΅πΆπ· is equal to the magnitude of the cross product of vectors
ππ and ππ. The area of triangle π΄π΅πΆ is
therefore equal to a half of this. We know that the magnitude of the
cross product is equal to the magnitude of vector π multiplied by the magnitude of
vector π multiplied by the magnitude of sin π, where π is the angle between
vectors π and π.

The area of triangle π΄π΅πΆ is
therefore equal to a half multiplied by the magnitude of vector ππ multiplied by
the magnitude of vector ππ multiplied by the magnitude of sin π. The magnitude of any vector is
equal to its length. Therefore, the magnitude of vector
ππ is equal to the square root of negative eight minus negative seven all squared
plus negative nine minus negative eight all squared. This is equal to the square root of
two.

We can repeat this process to
calculate the magnitude of vector ππ. This is equal to nine minus
negative seven all squared plus negative two minus negative eight all squared. This is equal to the square root of
292, which is equal to two root 73.

In order to calculate the angle π
in our triangle, we will firstly need to calculate the length of π΄πΆ and then use
the cosine rule. The length of π΄πΆ is equal to the
magnitude of vector ππ. And this is equal to the square
root of nine minus negative eight all squared plus negative two minus negative nine
all squared. This is equal to the square root of
338, which is equal to 13 root two.

The cosine rule states that the cos
of angle π΅ is equal to π squared plus π squared minus π squared all divided by
two ππ. In this question, the sides π, π,
and π are equal to two root 73, 13 root two, and root two, respectively. Angle π΅ is the angle π we are
trying to calculate. Substituting in our values, we see
that the cos of π is equal to two root 73 squared plus root two squared minus 13
root two squared all divided by two multiplied by two root 73 multiplied by root
two.

Typing the right-hand side of the
equation into our calculator gives us negative 0.9103 and so on. We can then take the inverse cosine
of both sides of this equation such that π is equal to 155.556 and so on
degrees.

We can now substitute these values
back into our equation to calculate the area of the triangle. It is important at this stage that
we do not round the angle 155.556 and so on degrees. Typing this into the calculator
gives us an answer of five. Therefore, the area of triangle
π΄π΅πΆ is equal to five square units.