The Formula Used to Find the Perimeter of a Triangle


Finding the perimeter of a triangle is a relatively straightforward process using a formula similar to finding the perimeter of a rectangle. In the simplest terms, you are finding the length of all the outer sides and adding them together. The perimeter is the continuous line forming the boundary of a closed geometric figure such as a triangle.

Instructions for finding the perimeter of a triangle

The perimeter of a triangle is found by adding the length of all three sides of the triangle.

The formula

P = a + b + c

An example of finding the perimeter of a triangle using “in” for inches as the measure for each side

Perimeter of a triangle with a + b + c for each side

a = 2 in

b = 2 in

c = 3 in

P = 2 in + 2 in + 3 in = 7 in

The perimeter of the triangle in this example is seven (7) inches using the formula.

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