Everyone knows the formula x base x height for working out the area of a triangle. But what happens when you can’t work out the height of a triangle, what can you do then?

Luckily trigonometry has the answer, with the formula Area = .

Where **C** is the angle between the sides **a** and **b**, (see diagram above).

**Example**

Find the area of the above triangle (not to scale) using the information given.

Using the above formula, we get the following equation:

So to two decimal places.

**Note** – It does not matter which sides or angles you choose in your formula, just as long as you choose the angle enclosed by the two chosen sides.