Scalene Triangle – Definition With Examples

Scalene Triangle – Introduction

A scalene triangle is a triangle whose all sides are unequal and all angles have different measures. We know that a triangle is a three-sided polygon that consists of three edges and three vertices. There are three types of triangle based on the length of its sides:

  1. Equilateral triangle: All sides are equal in length.
  2. Isosceles triangle: Two sides are equal in length.
  3. Scalene triangle: All sides have different lengths.

What is A Scalene Triangle?

A scalene triangle is a triangle in which all the sides are of different lengths and all angles are of different measures. 

For example: 

Sides of a Scalene Triangle

In the figure given above, all the three symbols that are given on each side are different, which denotes that all three sides are unequal. Also, all the three angles are of different measures. So, the triangle is scalene.

Definition of Scalene Triangle 

A scalene triangle can be defined as a triangle whose all three sides have different lengths, and all three angles are of different measures. The angles of a scalene triangle follow the angle sum property and always add up to 180. 

Types of Scalene Triangles

A scalene triangle can be classified into three categories:

  • Acute-angled scalene triangle 

In an acute-angled scalene triangle, each angle of the triangle is less than 60°. 

Acute Angled Scalene Triangle
  • Obtuse-angled scalene triangle 

In an obtuse angled scalene triangle, at least one of the angles of the triangle is more than 60°. 

Obtuse Angled Scalene Triangle
  • Right-angled scalene triangle 

In a right-angled scalene triangle, one angle of the triangle is equal to 90°. 

Right Angled Scalene Triangle

Properties of A Scalene Triangle

  • It has three sides of different lengths.
  • It has three angles of different measurements.
  • It has no equal or parallel sides. Hence, there is no line of symmetry in a scalene triangle.
  • It has no point symmetry or rotational symmetry. 

Angle Sum Property of a Triangle

The sum of all three internal angles of a scalene triangle is 180°. It is also known as the angle sum property of the triangle. 

Angle Sum Property of a Triangle

In $\Delta\text{ABC}, ∠\text{A} + ∠\text{B} + ∠\text{C} = 180°$

The difference in the sides or the angles do not affect the basic properties of a triangle.

For example: In $\Delta\text{PQR}, ∠\text{P} = 60°, ∠\text{Q} = 70°$

Angle Sum Property of Scalene Triangle

By the angle sum property of a triangle

$∠\text{P} + ∠\text{Q} + ∠\text{R} = 180°$

$60° + 70° + ∠\text{R} = 180°$

$130° + ∠\text{R} = 180°$

$∠\text{R} = 50°$

Area of a Scalene Triangle

Formula to calculate the area of a scalene triangle is the same as the formula to calculate the area of any other triangle.

1. When base and height are given

Area of a triangle $= \frac{1}{2}\times b\times h$ square units

Where, “b” refers to the base of the triangle, and

“h” refers to the height of the triangle. 

Example: Find the area of the given triangle.

Area of a Scalene Triangle

$b=4 \text{cm}$ and $h = 3\text {cm}$

Area of triangle $= \frac{1}{2}\times4\times3=6 \text{cm}^2$

2. When the sides of a triangle are given

When we don’t have the base and height for the scalene triangle and we have given the sides, then we apply Heron’s formula.

Area of a Triangle Using Sides

Area of the triangle $= \sqrt{s(s-a)(s-b)(s-c)}$ square units

Where, s is the semi perimeter of a triangle, therefore, 

$\text{s}=\frac{a+b+c}{2}$

Here, a, b, and c denote the sides of the triangle. 

Example: The sides of a triangle are 3 cm, 4cm and 5 cm. 

Let $a = 3 \text{cm}, b = 4 \text{cm}$ and $c = 5 \text{cm}$

$\text{s}= \frac{a+b+c}{2} = \frac{3+4+5}{2}=6$

Area $= \sqrt{6(6-3)(6-4)(6-5)}=\sqrt{6\times3\times2\times1}=6 \text{cm}^2$   

Equilateral Triangle v. Scalene Triangle v. Isosceles Triangle

Equilateral triangle v. Isosceles Triangle v. Scalene Triangle

Perimeter of a Scalene Triangle

The perimeter of any triangle = Sum of all the sides of a triangle. 

If the sides of a triangle are “a” units, “b” units and “c” units, then

Perimeter $= \text{a} + \text{b} + \text{c}$ units

Example: Consider a given triangle.

Perimeter of Scalene Triangle

Perimeter of the triangle $= 7 + 12 + 15 = 34 \text{cm}$

Solved Examples

1. What will be the perimeter of the triangle with sides 10 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm?

Solution: Perimeter = Sum of all the sides of a triangle $= 10 + 12 + 13 = 35 \text{cm}$

2. Find the area of the triangle with sides 20 cm, 21 cm, and 29 cm. 

Solution: Let $a = 20 \text{cm}, b = 21 \text{cm}$ and $c = 29 \text{cm}$

$\text{s}=\frac{20+21+29}{2}=\frac{70}{2}=35$

Area $= \sqrt{35(35 – 20)(35 – 21)(35 – 29)} = \sqrt{35\times15\times14\times6}=210 \text{cm}^2$

3. In PQR, $∠\text{P} = 30°, ∠\text{Q} = 60°$, find the value of $∠\text{R}$. Also, which type of a triangle is it called? 

Solution: In PQR, by angle sum property of a triangle,

$∠\text{P} + ∠\text{Q} + ∠\text{R} = 180°$

$30° + 60° + ∠\text{R} = 180°$

$∠\text{R} = 180° – 30° – 60° = 90°$

It is a right angled scalene triangle.

Practice Problems

Scalene Triangle - Definition With Examples

Attend this quiz & Test your knowledge.

1

Which of the following can be the sides of a scalene triangle?

3 cm, 13 cm, and 13 cm
6 cm, 6 cm, and 6 cm
10 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm
None of these
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: 10 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm
10 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm are different sides of a triangle.
2

Which of the following is incorrect for the scalene triangle?

It has three unequal sides.
It has three unequal angles.
It has no rotational symmetry.
It has 3 lines of symmetry.
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: It has 3 lines of symmetry.
A scalene triangle has no line of symmetry.
3

If the perimeter of a triangle is 24 cm and two sides measure 5 cm and 7cm, then what will be the measure of the third side?

7 cm
8 cm
10 cm
12 cm
CorrectIncorrect
Correct answer is: 7 cm
Perimeter of triangle $= 5+12+x = 24 \text{cm}$
$x = 7 \text{cm}$

Frequently Asked Questions

The scalene inequality theorem states that if one side of a triangle has greater length than another side, then the angle opposite the longer side has the greater measure, and conversely, if one angle is greater than another angle, the side opposite to the greater angle will be longer.

Yes, a scalene triangle can be a right triangle. We call them right angled scalene triangle.

Examples of two unique triangles that are also scalene are $30$$-$$60$$-$$90$ and $40$$-$$50$$-$$90$.