Heron’s Formula Class 9 Notes: Chapter 12

According to the CBSE Syllabus 2023-24, this chapter has been renumbered as Chapter 10.

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In geometry, a triangle is a closed three-dimensional figure. In this article, you are going to learn Heron’s formula for class 9, which is used to find the area of triangles. You will also learn how Heron’s formula is used to find the area of other polygons in detail.


  The plane closed figure, with three sides and three angles is called as a triangle.

Types of triangles:

Based on sides –  a) Equilateral b) Isosceles c) Scalene
Based on angles – a) Acute-angled triangle b) Right-angled triangle c) Obtuse-angled triangle

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Area of a Triangle

Are(1/2) × bas× height

In the case of equilateral and isosceles triangles, if the lengths of the sides of triangles are given, we use Pythagoras’ theorem in order to find the height of a triangle.

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Area of an Equilateral Triangle

Consider an equilateral ΔABC, with each side as a unit. Let AO be the perpendicular bisector of BC. In order to derive the formula for the area of an equilateral triangle, we need to find height AO.

Heron’s Formula Class 9-1

Using Pythagoras’ theorem,
Substitute Aa,OC = a/2 in the above equation.
OAa− a2/4

We know that the area of the triangle is:
(1/2) × bas× height
(1/2) × × (√3a/2)

∴ Area of Equilateral triangl√3a2/4

Area of an Isosceles Triangle

Consider an isosceles ΔABC with equal sides as a units and base as b units.

Heron’s Formula Class 9-2

Isosceles triangle ABC

The height of the triangle can be found by Pythagoras’ Theorem :
ha2− (b2/4) = (4a– b2)/4

=(1/2) √(4a– b2)
Area of triangle is (1/2)bh
∴ (1/2) × × (1/2)√(4a– b2)

∴ (1/4) × × √(4a– b2)

Area of a Triangle – By Heron’s formula

Area of a ΔABC, given sides a, b, c  by Heron’s formula (also known as Hero’s Formula) is:

Heron’s Formula Class 9-3

Triangle ABC

Find semi perimeter (s) (a + b + c)/2

Are√[s(s – a)(s – b)(s – c)]

This formula is helpful in finding the area of a scalene triangle, given the lengths of all its sides.

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Area of Any Polygon – By Heron’s formula

For a quadrilateral, when one of its diagonal values and the sides are given, the area can be calculated by splitting the given quadrilateral into two triangles and using Heron’s formula.

Example: A park, in the shape of a quadrilateral ABCD, has C=90, AB = 9 cm, BC = 12 cm, CD = 5 cm and AD = 8 cm. How much area does it occupy?

We draw the figure according to the information given.

Heron’s Formula Class 9-4

The figure can be split into 2 triangles ΔBCD and ΔABD
From ΔBCD, we can find BD (Using Pythagoras’ Theorem)
Semi-perimeter for ΔBCD S(12 + 5 + 13)/2 = 15

Semi-perimeter ΔABD S(9 + 8 + 13)/2 = 15

Using Heron’s formula A1 and Awill be:

A√[15(15 – 12)(15 – 5)(15 – 13)]

A= √(15 × 3 × 10 × 2 )
A=√900 = 30 cm2

A2 will be 35.49 cm2.
The area of the quadrilateral ABCAA65.49 cm2

Quiz on Class 9 Herons formula


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