Area of Trapezoid where we know only Bases and Diagonals, without the usage of a system.

Alex56541

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So I have a Trapezoid with bases 6cm and 3cm with diagonals 8cm and 7cm. No angles, no specific trapezoid. I need to find the Area of this Trapezoid. Im studying Trig for first year and so far these have been the formulas we've been taught(there are a few more but those are for Areas of other 4-sided figures). Excuse my handwriting.
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I had a friend attempt this problem and he did it by using systems where he got that x=21/9 and in the end using normal triangle formulas to find the height(which we got to be sqrt(185)/3 which lead to the result of the area to be 20.40cm2
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It's all fine and dandy but the real-life problem is that it's expected we use trig for it and I'm asking for a solution where systems are avoided. Can I get some help?
 

tkhunny

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"systems are avoided." This is a silly requirement. "a = 3" is a "system". Degenerate or simple, sure, but "system", nonetheless.

You may wish to start at Point C and construct a line segment to the base, parallel to AB. The resulting parallelogram and triangle may lead to something.
 

wolf

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I tried answering it too (and yes, I used systems) and I also calculated x = 2 +(1/3) which is also 21/9.
 

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