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Java Program to Compute the Area of a Triangle Using Determinants
  • Difficulty Level : Medium
  • Last Updated : 26 Nov, 2020
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In order to compute the area of the triangle, two parameters are needed namely base and height. For this simply the variables are assigned with zeros.  The area of the triangle can be computed by using the same third-grade mathematics formula.

Area = 1/2(Base * Height)


Input: (1,3) (5,-2) (-3,6)

Output: Area of triangle: 4 

Processing: 1/2 (|3*3 Determinant|)

Determinant: In linear algebra, the determinant is a scalar value that can be computed from the elements of a square matrix and encodes certain properties of the linear transformation described by the matrix. Matrix is simply a twodimensional array. Arrays are linear data structures in which elements are stored in a contiguous manner.


  1. Co-ordinates are asked from the user one by one
  2. 1 is assigned to the third column in the matrix
  3. Math library is imported for computation of numbers using formula over input elements
  4. The absolute method is applied over the value stored in a variable


datatype typename = Math.abs(value)

Return type: A value on the number line lying on the right side of 0

Math is a library in java for computing calculations over numbers which consist of function absolute whose use is to covert value being positive or negative to a positive value. Here it is used as a practically thinking area that can never be negative in real space. If something is occupying space it will definitely occupy space and will have the area.

Implementation: Java program to compute the area of a triangle


// java program for computing area of
// triangle by using determinant
// Importing generic libraries
import java.util.*;
class GFG {
    // Function to compute area of triangle
    static double area(double[][] a)
        // Formula for calculating triangle area
        // using math library absolute function
        double area = (Math.abs((a[0][0] * a[1][1])
                                - (a[0][0] * a[2][1])
                                + (a[1][0] * a[2][1])
                                - (a[1][0] * a[0][1])
                                + (a[2][0] * a[0][1])
                                - (a[2][0] * a[1][1])))
                      / 2;
        // Return area of triangle
        return area;
    // Main driver method
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // Scanner for taking input from user
        Scanner scan = new Scanner(;
        // hard coded Input to show working
        // Storing vertices in a 3 * 3 matrix
        // store x and y coordinate first then 1
        double[][] vertices
            = { { 1, 1, 1 }, { 1, 3, 1 }, { 3, 1, 1 } };
        // example x1=3 and y1 =1, then
        // store them like {3, 1, 1}
        // Calling area function by passing verties as
        // parameters and storing in big data-type
        double Area = area(vertices);
        // Print area of triangle on screen
        System.out.println("Area of triangle: " + Area);
Area of triangle: 2.0

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