# Shoelace Theorem

The **Shoelace Theorem** is a nifty formula for finding the area of a polygon given the coordinates of its vertices.

## Theorem

Suppose the polygon has vertices , , ... , , listed in clockwise order. Then the area of is

The Shoelace Theorem gets its name because if one lists the coordinates in a column, and marks the pairs of coordinates to be multiplied, the resulting image looks like laced-up shoes.

## Proof

Let be the set of points belonging to the polygon. We have that where . The volume form is an exact form since , where Using this substitution, we have Next, we use the theorem of Green to obtain We can write , where is the line segment from to . With this notation, we may write If we substitute for , we obtain If we parameterize, we get Performing the integration, we get More algebra yields the result

## Problems

### Introductory

In right triangle , we have , , and . Medians and are drawn to sides and , respectively. and intersect at point . Find the area of .

## External Links

A good explanation and exploration into why the theorem works: [1]