ISEE Upper Level Math : How to find the area of a kite

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Example Question #1 : How To Find The Area Of A Kite

Cassie is making a kite for her little brother.  She has two plastic tubes to use as the skeleton, measuring inches and inches.  If these two tubes represent the diagnals of the kite, how many square inches of paper will she need to make the kite?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the area of a kite, use the formula , where represents one diagnal and represents the other.

Since Cassie has one tube measuring inches, we can substitute for . We can also substitute the other tube that measures  inches in for .

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Area Of A Kite

Two diagonals of a kite have the lengths of and . Give the area of the kite.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The area of a kite is half the product of the diagonals, i.e.

 ,

where and are the lengths of the diagonals. 

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Area Of A Kite

In the following kite, and . Give the area of the kite. Figure not drawn to scale.

Kite

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

When you know the length of two unequal sides of a kite and their included angle, the following formula can be used to find the area of a kite:

,

where are the lengths of two unequal sides, is the angle between them and is the sine function.

 

Example Question #4 : How To Find The Area Of A Kite

Find the area of a kite with one diagonal having length 18in and the other diagonal having a length that is half the first diagonal.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the area of a kite, we will use the following formula:

where and q are the lengths of the diagonals of the kite.

 

Now, we know the length of one diagonal is 18in.  We also know the other diagonal is half of the first diagonal.  Therefore, the second diagonal has a length of 9in.

Knowing this, we can substitute into the formula.  We get

 

 

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