Heron’s formula for the area of a triangle is well-known. A similar formula for the area of a quadrilateral in terms of the lengths of its sides is given below:

Note that the lengths of the four sides do not specify the quadrilateral uniquely.The area

where a, b, c, and d are the lengths of the four sides; s is the semi-perimeter and is the sum of the diagonally opposite angles of the quadrilateral. This is known as Bertschneider(Coolidge) formula. For a cyclic quadrilateral, is 180 degrees and the area is maximum for the set of given sides and the area is given by (Brahmagupta’s formula):

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**Prove both the formulae given above!**

-Nalin Pithwa.

PS: I will put the solutions on this blog after some day(s*). First, you need to try. *

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