# Lesson 8

Area of Triangles

Let’s use what we know about parallelograms to find the area of triangles.

### Problem 1

To find the area of this right triangle, Diego and Jada used different strategies. Diego drew a line through the midpoints of the two longer sides, which decomposes the triangle into a trapezoid and a smaller triangle. He then rearranged the two shapes into a parallelogram.

Jada made a copy of the triangle, rotated it, and lined it up against one side of the original triangle so that the two triangles make a parallelogram.

1. Explain how Diego might use his parallelogram to find the area of the triangle.
2. Explain how Jada might use her parallelogram to find the area of the triangle.

### Problem 2

Find the area of the triangle. Explain or show your reasoning.

a.

b.

### Problem 3

Which of the three triangles has the greatest area? Show your reasoning. If you get stuck, try using what you know about the area of parallelograms.

### Problem 4

Draw an identical copy of each triangle such that the two copies together form a parallelogram. If you get stuck, consider using tracing paper.