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## Revision as of 20:26, 3 August 2008

The **Shoelace Theorem** is a nifty formula for finding the area of a polygon given the coordinates of its vertices.

## Theorem

Suppose the polygon has vertices , , ... , , listed in clockwise order. Then area of is

The Shoelace Theorem gets its name because if one lists the the coordinates in a column, and marks the pairs of coordinates to be multiplied, the resulting image looks like laced-up shoes.

## Proof

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