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# SAS Similarity

## Triangles are similar if two pairs of sides are proportional and the included angles are congruent.

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SAS Similarity

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 and , then .

#### Example A

Are the two triangles similar? How do you know?

We know that because they are both right angles and . So, and by SAS.

#### Example B

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

is shared by and , so it is congruent to itself. Let’s see if .

#### Example C

From Example B, what should equal for ?

The proportion we ended up with was . needs to equal 16, so that . and . should equal 4.

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.

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2.

3.

1. We can see that and these are both included angles. We just have to check that the sides around the angles are proportional.

Since the ratios are the same by the SAS Similarity Theorem.

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

3. is the included angle for both triangles, so we have a pair of congruent angles. Now we have to check that the sides around the angles are proportional.

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

### Explore More

Fill in the blanks.

1. 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.

1. is a right triangle with legs that measure 3 and 4. is a right triangle with legs that measure 6 and 8.
2. is a right triangle with a leg that measures 12 and a hypotenuse that measures 13. is a right triangle with legs that measure 1 and 2.

### Answers for Explore More Problems

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

### Vocabulary Language: English

AA Similarity Postulate

AA Similarity Postulate

If two angles in one triangle are congruent to two angles in another triangle, then the two triangles are similar.
Congruent

Congruent

Congruent figures are identical in size, shape and measure.
Dilation

Dilation

To reduce or enlarge a figure according to a scale factor is a dilation.
SAS

SAS

SAS means side, angle, side, and refers to the fact that two sides and the included angle of a triangle are known.
SAS Similarity Theorem

SAS Similarity Theorem

The SAS Similarity Theorem states that 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.
Similarity Transformation

Similarity Transformation

A similarity transformation is one or more rigid transformations followed by a dilation.