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Q: How do you calculate the altitude of a triangle?

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Half base x altitude.

Area = 0.5*base*altitude

The altitude of a triangle is measured perpindicular to its base.

1/2*base*perpendicular height or altitude in square units

is the altitude of a triangle

It depends on what other information you have. Knowing the lengths of two sides of a triangle is not enough to calculate the third. You need to have some further information: and angle, the area, the length of an altitude or a median.

Yes its perpendicular height or altitude is sometimes calculated out side the triangle depending on its shape.

The triangle's altitude is 8.7 (8.66025) cm.

It is the triangle's perpendicular altitude

A triangle has three altitudes.

Yes

The altitude line is perpendicular to the base and bisects the apex of the isosceles triangle.

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