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 congruent.

### Watch This

CK-12 Foundation: SAS Similarity

Watch this video beginning at the 2:09 mark.

James Sousa: Similar Triangles

Now watch the second part of this video.

James Sousa: Similar Triangles Using SSS and SAS

### Guidance

By definition, two triangles are similar if all their corresponding angles are congruent and their corresponding sides are proportional. It is not necessary to check all angles and sides in order to tell if two triangles are similar. In fact, if you know only that two pairs of sides are proportional and their included angles are congruent, that is enough information to know that the triangles are similar. This is called the **SAS Similarity Theorem**.

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

If

#### Example A

Are the two triangles similar? How do you know?

We know that

#### Example B

Are there any similar triangles in the figure? How do you know?

#### Example C

From Example B, what should

The proportion we ended up with was

CK-12 Foundation: SAS Similarity

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### 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. If so, write the similarity theorem and statement.

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.