# Questions tagged [area]

Area is a quantity that expresses the extent of a two-dimensional or three-dimensional surface or shape.

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### V.I. Arnold says Russian students can't solve this problem, but American students can — why?

In a book of word problems by V.I Arnold, the following appears: The hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle (in a standard American examination) is 10 inches, the altitude dropped onto it ...
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### Is the blue area greater than the red area?

Problem: A vertex of one square is pegged to the centre of an identical square, and the overlapping area is blue. One of the squares is then rotated about the vertex and the resulting overlap is ...
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### Why is the derivative of a circle's area its perimeter (and similarly for spheres)?

When differentiated with respect to $r$, the derivative of $\pi r^2$ is $2 \pi r$, which is the circumference of a circle. Similarly, when the formula for a sphere's volume $\frac{4}{3} \pi r^3$ is ...
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### A goat tied to a corner of a rectangle

A goat is tied to an external corner of a rectangular shed measuring 4 m by 6 m. If the goat’s rope is 8 m long, what is the total area, in square meters, in which the goat can graze? Well, it seems ...
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### Is there a shape with infinite area but finite perimeter?

Is this really possible? Is there any other example of this other than the Koch Snowflake? If so can you prove that example to be true?
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### Finding out the area of a triangle if the coordinates of the three vertices are given

What is the simplest way to find out the area of a triangle if the coordinates of the three vertices are given in $x$-$y$ plane? One approach is to find the length of each side from the coordinates ...
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### Area covered by a constant length segment rotating around the center of a square.

This is an idea I have had in my head for years and years and I would like to know the answer, and also I would like to know if it's somehow relevant to anything or useless. I describe my thoughts ...
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### Area of a square inside a square created by connecting point-opposite midpoint

Square $ABCD$ has area $1cm^2$ and sides of $1cm$ each. $H, F, E, G$ are the midpoints of sides $AD, DC, CB, BA$ respectively. What will the area of the square formed in the middle be? I know that ...
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### Why determinant of a 2 by 2 matrix is the area of a parallelogram?

Let $A=\begin{bmatrix}a & b\\ c & d\end{bmatrix}$. How could we show that $ad-bc$ is the area of a parallelogram with vertices $(0, 0),\ (a, b),\ (c, d),\ (a+b, c+d)$? Are the areas of the ...
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### Any smart ideas on finding the area of this shaded region?

Don't let the simplicity of this diagram fool you. I have been wondering about this for quite some time, but I can't think of an easy/smart way of finding it. Any ideas? For reference, the Area is: ...
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### A way to find this shaded area without calculus?

This is a popular problem spreading around. Solve for the shaded reddish/orange area. (more precisely: the area in hex color #FF5600) $ABCD$ is a square with a side of $10$, $APD$ and $CPD$ are ...
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### Can area of rectangle be greater than the square of its diagonal?

Q: A wall, rectangular in shape, has a perimeter of 72 m. If the length of its diagonal is 18 m, what is the area of the wall ? The answer given to me is area of 486 m2. This is the explanation given ...
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### Do two right triangles with the same length hypotenuse have the same area?

I watched computer monitors and I asked myself, do two monitors with the same display diagonal have the same display area? I managed to find out that the answer is yes, if two right triangles with ...
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### How was the area formula for a circle ($A = \pi r^2$) derived before the introduction of calculus?

How did mathematicians prior to the coming of calculus derive the area of the circle from scratch, without the use of calculus? The area, $A$, of a circle is $\pi r^2$. Given radius $r$, diameter $d$ ...
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### Areas versus volumes of revolution: why does the area require approximation by a cone?

Suppose we rotate the graph of $y = f(x)$ about the $x$-axis from $a$ to $b$. Then (using the disk method) the volume is $$\int_a^b \pi f(x)^2 dx$$ since we approximate a little piece as a cylinder. ...
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### Why square units?

I was recently asked "Why is the area of a circle irrational?", to which I replied that it was not necessarily irrational—there are of course certain values for $r$ that would make $\pi r^2$ rational. ...
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