Find the area of a parallelogram ABCD in which AB = 28 cm, BC = 26 cm and diagonal AC = 30 cm.
Question:

Find the area of a parallelogram ABCD in which AB = 28 cm, BC = 26 cm and diagonal AC = 30 cm.

 

Solution:

Let:

$a=26 \mathrm{~cm}, b=30 \mathrm{~cm}$ and $c=28 \mathrm{~cm}$

$s=\frac{a+b+c}{2}=\frac{26+30+28}{2}=42 \mathrm{~cm}$

By Heron’s formula, we have :

Area of triangle $A B C=\sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}$

$=\sqrt{42(42-26)(42-30)(42-28)}$

$=\sqrt{42 \times 16 \times 12 \times 14}$

$=\sqrt{14 \times 3 \times 4 \times 4 \times 2 \times 2 \times 3 \times 14}$

$=14 \times 4 \times 2 \times 3$

$=336 \mathrm{~cm}^{2}$

We know that a diagonal divides a parallelogram into two triangles of equal areas.

$\therefore$ Area of parallelogram $A B C D=2$ (Area of triangle $A B C$ ) $=2 \times 336=672 \mathrm{~cm}^{2}$

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