What if you were given a pair of triangles, the lengths of two of their sides, and the measure of the angle between those two sides? How could you use this information to determine if the two triangles are similar? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to use the SAS Similarity Theorem to decide if two triangles are similar.

### Watch This

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter7SASSimilarityA

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James Sousa: Similar Triangles

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James Sousa: Similar Triangles Using SSS and SAS

### Guidance

If we know that two sides are proportional AND the included angles are congruent, then are the two triangles are similar? Let's investigate.

##### Investigation: SAS Similarity

Tools Needed: paper, pencil, ruler, protractor, compass

- Construct a triangle with sides 6 cm and 4 cm and the
*included*angle is45∘ . - Repeat Step 1 and construct another triangle with sides 12 cm and 8 cm and the included angle is
45∘ . - Measure the other two angles in both triangles. What do you notice?
- Measure the third side in each triangle. Make a ratio. Is this ratio the same as the ratios of the sides you were given?

**SAS Similarity Theorem:** If two sides in one triangle are proportional to two sides in another triangle and the included angle in the first triangle is congruent to the included angle in the second, then the two triangles are similar.

In other words, if

#### Example A

Are the two triangles similar? How do you know?

Notice with this example that we can find the third sides of each triangle using the Pythagorean Theorem. If we were to find the third sides,

#### Example B

Are there any similar triangles? How do you know?

#### Example C

From Example B, what should

The proportion we ended up with was

Watch this video for help with the Examples above.

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter7SASSimilarityB

### Guided Practice

Determine if the following triangles are similar. If so, write the similarity theorem and statement.

1.

2.

3.

**Answers:**

1. We can see that

Since the ratios are the same

2. The triangles are not similar because the angle is not the included angle for both triangles.

3.

The ratios are not the same so the triangles are not similar.

### Explore More

Fill in the blanks.

- If two sides in one triangle are _________________ to two sides in another and the ________________ angles are _________________, then the triangles are ______________.

Determine if the following triangles are similar. If so, write the similarity theorem and statement.

Find the value of the missing variable(s) that makes the two triangles similar.

Determine if the triangles are similar.

ΔABC is a right triangle with legs that measure 3 and 4.ΔDEF is a right triangle with legs that measure 6 and 8.ΔGHI is a right triangle with a leg that measures 12 and a hypotenuse that measures 13.ΔJKL is a right triangle with legs that measure 1 and 2.AC¯¯¯¯¯=3

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 7.7.