TLF ID L356
Find the area of triangles with vertical or horizontal sides. In this type of triangle, the base may be chosen so that the height intersects with the base outside the triangle. Explore how the formula for finding the area of a triangle works. First, estimate the area of a chosen triangle on a grid. Next, work out the correct formula by assembling a series of triangles and rectangles. Then, compare the actual area of the triangle with your original estimate. Practise applying the formula directly to a range of triangles. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.