# Difference between revisions of "Shoelace Theorem"

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− | '''Shoelace Theorem''' is a nifty formula for finding the [[area]] of a [[polygon]] given the coordinates of it's [[vertex|vertices]]. | + | The '''Shoelace Theorem''' is a nifty formula for finding the [[area]] of a [[polygon]] given the [[Cartesian coordinate system | coordinates]] of it's [[vertex|vertices]]. |

==Theorem== | ==Theorem== | ||

− | + | Suppose the polygon <math>P</math> has vertices <math>(a_1, b_1)</math>, <math>(a_2, b_2)</math>, ... , <math>(a_n, b_n)</math>, listed in clockwise order. Then area of <math>P</math> is | |

<cmath>\dfrac{1}{2} |a_1b_2+a_2b_3+\cdots +a_nb_1-b_1a_2-b_2a_3-\cdots -b_na_1|.</cmath> | <cmath>\dfrac{1}{2} |a_1b_2+a_2b_3+\cdots +a_nb_1-b_1a_2-b_2a_3-\cdots -b_na_1|.</cmath> | ||

− | Shoelace Theorem gets | + | The Shoelace Theorem gets its name because if one lists the the coordinates in a column, |

− | + | <cmath>\begin{align*} | |

− | <cmath>(a_1, b_1) | + | (a_1 &, b_1) \\ |

− | + | (a_2 &, b_2) \\ | |

− | + | & \vdots \\ | |

− | + | (a_n &, b_n) \\ | |

− | + | (a_1 &, b_1) | |

− | + | \end{align*},</cmath> | |

− | + | and marks the pairs of coordinates to be multiplied, the resulting image looks like laced-up shoes. | |

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==Proof== | ==Proof== |

## Revision as of 13:18, 24 April 2008

The **Shoelace Theorem** is a nifty formula for finding the area of a polygon given the coordinates of it's 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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