Area of Right Triangle Using Radius of Incircle

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Area of Right Triangle Using Radius of Incircle
Jhun Vert
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Good day sir. I made the attempt to trace the formula in your link, $A = R(a + b - c)$, but with no success. I notice however that at the bottom there is this line, $R = (a + b - c)/2$.

The radius of inscribed circle however is given by $R = (a + b + c)/2$ and this is true for any triangle, may it right or not. I have this derivation of radius of incircle here:

I think that is the reason why that formula for area don't add up.


Thank you for reviewing my post. I think, if you'll look again, you'll find my formula for the area of a right triangle is A = R (a + b - R), not A = R (a+ b - c).

Also, by your formula, R = (a + b + c) / 2 would mean that R for a 3, 4, 5 triangle would be 6.00, whereas, mine R = (a + b - c) /2 gives a R of 1.00.

See link below for another example:

Jhun Vert
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My bad sir, I was not so keen in reading your post, even my own formula for R is actually wrong here. It should be $R = A_t / s$, not $R = (a + b + c)/2$ because $(a + b + c)/2 = s$ in the link I provided.

Anyway, thank again for the link to Dr. Math page. I never look at the triangle like that, the reason I was not able to arrive to your formula. Though simpler, it is more clever. I will add to this post the derivation of your formula based on the figure of Dr. Math. Thanks.


No problem. Thanks for adding the new derivation. Nice presentation.

Jhun Vert
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For the convenience of future learners, here are the formulas from the given link:
$A = r(a + b - r)$

$r = \dfrac{a + b - c}{2}$

From the figure below, AD is congruent to AE and BF is congruent to BE. Hence:
Area ADO = Area AEO = A2
Area BFO = Area BEO = A3



Area of triangle ABC
$A = A_1 + 2A_2 + 2A_3$

$A = r^2 + 2\left[ \dfrac{r(b - r)}{2} \right] + 2\left[ \dfrac{r(a - r)}{2} \right]$

$A = r^2 + (br - r^2) + (ar - r^2)$

$A = br + ar - r^2$

$A = r(a + b - r)$     ←   the formula

Radius of inscribed circle:
$AE + EB = AB$

$(b - r) + (a - r) = c$

$a + b - c = 2r$

$r = \dfrac{a + b - c}{2}$     ←   the formula

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