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Tromika wants to calculate the area of the isosceles triangle at right. 

  1. She decides to start by drawing a height from vertex to side as shown below. Will the two smaller triangles be congruent? In other words, is ? Why or why not?


Look at the two triangles that are created. They share a side, and the ticks marks mean the sides are equal. How could they be congruent?

Yes, they are congruent by .

  1. What is ? ?

    If the segment (height) bisects both and segment , how can you calculate the measure of half of each?


  1. Determine . Show how you got your answer.

    Which trig ratio can you use to determine this length?

  1. Calculate the area of .

    How do you find the area of a triangle? Do you have enough information to calculate the area?