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SSS Triangle Congruence

Three sets of equal side lengths determine congruence.

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SSS Triangle Congruence

What if you were given two triangles and provided with information only about their side lengths? How could you determine if the two triangles were congruent? After completing this concept, you'll be able to use the Side-Side-Side (SSS) shortcut to prove triangle congruency.

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Watch the portions of the following two videos that deal with SSS triangle congruence.

James Sousa: Introduction to Congruent Triangles

James Sousa: Determining If Two Triangles are Congruent

Guidance

If 3 sides in one triangle are congruent to 3 sides in another triangle, then the triangles are congruent.

, and then .

This is called the Side-Side-Side (SSS) Postulate and it is a shortcut for proving that two triangles are congruent. Before, you had to show 3 sides and 3 angles in one triangle were congruent to 3 sides and 3 angles in another triangle. Now you only have to show 3 sides in one triangle are congruent to 3 sides in another.

Example A

Write a triangle congruence statement based on the picture below:

From the tic marks, we know . From the SSS Postulate, the triangles are congruent. Lining up the corresponding sides, we have .

Don’t forget ORDER MATTERS when writing congruence statements. Line up the sides with the same number of tic marks.

Example B

Write a two-column proof to show that the two triangles are congruent.

Given:

is the midpoint of and .

Prove:

Statement Reason

1.

is the midpoint of and

1.Given
2. 2.Definition of a midpoint
3. 3.SSS Postulate

Note that you must clearly state the three sets of sides are congruent BEFORE stating the triangles are congruent.

Example C

The only way we will show two triangles are congruent in an plane is using SSS.

Find the lengths of all the line segments from both triangles to see if the two triangles are congruent.

To do this, you need to use the distance formula.

Begin with and its sides.

Now, find the lengths of all the sides in .

, and , so the two triangles are congruent by SSS.

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Guided Practice

1. Determine if the two triangles are congruent.

2. Fill in the blanks in the proof below.

Given:

Prove:

Statement Reason
1. 1.
2. 2. Reflexive PoC
3. 3.

3. Is the pair of triangles congruent? If so, write the congruence statement and why.

Answers:

1. Start with .

Now find the sides of .

No sides have equal measures, so the triangles are not congruent.

2.

Statement Reason
1. 1. Given
2. 2. Reflexive PoC
3. 3. SSS Postulate

3. The triangles are congruent because they have three pairs of sides congruent. .

Practice

Are the pairs of triangles congruent? If so, write the congruence statement and why.

State the additional piece of information needed to show that each pair of triangles is congruent.

  1. Use SSS
  2. Use SSS

Fill in the blanks in the proofs below.

  1. Given: is the midpoint of Prove:
Statement Reason
1. 1.
2. 2. Definition of a Midpoint
3. 3. Reflexive PoC
4. 4.

Find the lengths of the sides of each triangle to see if the two triangles are congruent. Leave your answers under the radical.

  1. and
  2. and

Vocabulary

Congruent

Congruent

Congruent figures are identical in size, shape and measure.
Distance Formula

Distance Formula

The distance between two points (x_1, y_1) and (x_2, y_2) can be defined as d= \sqrt{(x_2-x_1)^2 + (y_2-y_1)^2}.
H-L (Hypotenuse-Leg) Congruence Theorem

H-L (Hypotenuse-Leg) Congruence Theorem

If the hypotenuse and leg in one right triangle are congruent to the hypotenuse and leg in another right triangle, then the two triangles are congruent.
Side Side Side Triangle

Side Side Side Triangle

A side side side triangle is a triangle where the lengths of all three sides are known quantities.
SSS

SSS

SSS means side, side, side and refers to the fact that all three sides of a triangle are known in a problem.
Triangle Congruence

Triangle Congruence

Triangle congruence occurs if 3 sides in one triangle are congruent to 3 sides in another triangle.
Rigid Transformation

Rigid Transformation

A rigid transformation is a transformation that preserves distance and angles, it does not change the size or shape of the figure.

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