# Veronica made a triangle by taking an 8 1/2 ×

Veronica made a triangle by taking an 8 1/2 × 11 sheet of paper and putting a dot at the top. She then drew lines from the bottom corners to the dot and cut along the lines (see diagram).
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What is the area of the triangle that Veronica cut out?
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Note that an $8\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)×11$ sheet of paper is measured in inches.
The area of a triangle with base b and corresponding height h is given by: $A=\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)bh$
Substitute b=8.5 in. and h=11 in.: $A=\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)\left(8.5\right)\left(11\right)$
$A=46.75{\in }^{2}$