the smallest possible size for a triangle....

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the smallest possible size for a triangle....

Postby marty.frmn on Fri Oct 09, 2009 5:13 pm

Is the smallest possible size that a triangle can have is 0.... or can we say some value greater than 0.... coz i think 0 means the points have to be collinear but then its not a triangle.... :confused:
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Postby stapel_eliz on Sat Oct 10, 2009 11:55 am

The answer will depend upon how your book or instructor defines a "triangle". A triangle with zero area can be termed "degenerate" (as in, "qualifies technically, but isn't terribly useful") or as "not a triangle" (if a triangle must have positive area). Your instructor should be able to tell you which definition you're expected to use.
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Re: the smallest possible size for a triangle....

Postby marty.frmn on Sun Oct 11, 2009 8:24 pm

well the question i came across just says that you have to answer the smallest possible area for a triangle.... well considering the technicality of a degenerate..... this should work fine.... coz greater than 0 can be anything and no restrictions for this is given in the question....
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