ACT Math : How to find the perimeter of an equilateral triangle

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Example Question #142 : Act Math

What is the perimeter of an equilateral triangle with an area of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Recall that from any vertex of an equilateral triangle, you can drop a height that is a bisector of that vertex as well as a bisector of the correlative side. This gives you the following figure:

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Notice that the small triangles within the larger triangle are both  triangles. Therefore, you can create a ratio to help you find .

The ratio of the small base to the height is the same as .  Therefore, you can write the following equation:

This means that .

Now, the area of a triangle can be written:

, and based on our data, we can replace  with .  This gives you:

Now, let's write that a bit more simply:

Solve for . Begin by multiplying each side by :

Divide each side by :

Finally, take the square root of both sides. This gives you . Therefore, the perimeter is .

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Equilateral Triangle

An equilateral triangle with a perimeter of  has sides with what length?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

An equilateral triangle has 3 equal length sides.

Therefore the perimeter equation is as follows,

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So divide the perimeter by 3 to find the length of each side.

Thus the answer is:

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Equilateral Triangle

Jill has an equilateral triangular garden with a base of  and one leg with a length of , what is the perimeter? 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Since the triangle is equilateral, the base and the legs are equal, so the first step is to set the two equations equal to each other. Start with , add  to both sides giving you . Subtract  from both sides, leaving . Finally divide both sides by , so you're left with . Plug  back in for   into either of the equations so that you get a side length of . To find the perimeter, multiply the side length , by , giving you .

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Equilateral Triangle

Find the perimeter of an equilateral triangle whose side length is 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find perimeter of an quilateral triangle, simply multiply the side length by . Thus,

Example Question #4 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Equilateral Triangle

Find the perimeter of an equilateral triangle whose side length is .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve, simply multiply the side length by . Thus,

Example Question #5 : How To Find The Perimeter Of An Equilateral Triangle

Find the perimeter of an equilateral triangle given side length of 2.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve, simply multiply the side length by 3 since they are all equal. Thus,

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