Task# Areas of Right Triangles

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

This task is intended to help build understanding as students work toward deriving a general formula for the area of any triangle. The purpose of this task is for students to use what they know about area and express regularity in repeated reasoning to generate a formula for area of a right triangle. This task is intended to be used before students know that the area of a triangle can be expressed with bh/2. So, in part (c), they should be reasoning using geometric methods (surround and subtract, composing and decomposing, counting unit squares, etc.).