# GCSE: Congruent Triangles GCSE: Congruent Triangles Dr J Frost ([email protected]) www.drfrostmaths.com GCSE Revision Pack Refs: 169, 170 Understand and use SSS, SAS, ASA and RHS conditions to prove the congruence of triangles using formal arguments. Last modified: 31st August 2015 Associated Resources: GCSEQuestions-Congruence.doc What is congruence? These triangles are similar.? They are the same shape. These triangles are congruent. ? They are the same shape and size. (Only rotation and flips allowed) Starter Suppose two triangles have the

side lengths. Do the triangles have to be congruent? Yes, because the all the angles are determined by the sides. ? Would the same be true if two quadrilaterals had the same lengths? No. Square and rhombus have same side lengths but are different shapes. ? In pairs, determine whether comparing the following pieces of information would be sufficient to show the triangles are congruent. 3 sides the same. Congruent Two sides the same and angle between them. Congruent

? d c b a All angles the same. Not necessarily ? Congruent (but Similar) Two angles the same and Two sides the same and a side the same. angle not between them. Congruent ?

Not necessarily ? Congruent (well see why) Proving congruence GCSE papers will often ask for you to prove that two triangles are congruent. Theres 4 different ways in which we could show this: ! a SAS ? Two sides and the included angle. b ASA Two angles and a?

side. c SSS Three sides. d RHS ? ? Right-angle, hypotenuse and another side. Proving congruence Why is it not sufficient to show two sides are the same and an angle are the same if the side is not included? Try and draw a triangle with the same side lengths and indicated angle, but that is not congruent to this one.

Click to Reveal In general, for ASS, there are always 2 possible triangles. What type of proof For triangle, identify if showing the indicating things are equal (to another triangle) are sufficient to prove congruence, and if so, what type of proof we have. This angle is known from the other two. SSS ASA SSS ASA SAS RHS

SAS RHS SSS SAS ASA RHS SSS SAS ASA RHS SSS ASA

SAS RHS SSS ASA SAS RHS SSS ASA SAS RHS SSS ASA SAS

RHS Example Proof Nov 2008 Non Calc STEP 1: Choose your appropriate proof (SSS, SAS, etc.) STEP 2: Justify each of three things. STEP 3: Conclusion, stating the proof you used. Solution: Bro Tip: Always start with 4 bullet points: three for the three letters in your proof, and one for your conclusion. as given as given ? is common.

is congruent to by SSS. Check Your Understanding is a parallelogram. Prove that triangles and are congruent. Using : Using : Using : is common. as opposite sides of parallelogram are equal

in length. for same reason. Triangles and are congruent by SSS. ? (If you finish quickly, try proving another way) as opposite sides of parallelogram are equal in length. as opposite angles of parallelogram are equal. as opposite sides of parallelogram are equal in length. Triangles and are congruent by SAS.

? as opposite angles of parallelogram are equal. as opposite sides of parallelogram are equal in length. as alternate angles are equal. Triangles and are congruent by ASA. ? (if multiple parts, only do (a) for now) NOTE Exercises Q1

? Exercises Q2 AB = AC ( is equilateral triangle) AD is common. ADC = ADB = 90. Therefore triangles congruent by RHS. ? Since and are congruent triangles, . as is equilateral. Therefore ? Congruent Triangles Q3 ? Exercises Q4

BC = CE equal sides CF = CD equal sides BCF = DCE = 150o BFC is congruent to ECD by SAS. ? So BF=ED (congruent triangles) BF = EG ( opp sides of parallelogram) ? (2) Check Your Understanding What are the four types of congruent triangle proofs? SSS, SAS, ASA (equivalent to AAS) ? and RHS. What should be the structure of our proof? Justification of each of the three letters, followed by ? proof type we used. conclusion in which we state which What kinds of justifications can be used for sides and angles? Circle Theorems, common sides, alternate/corresponding angles, properties of parallelograms, sides/angles of regular

? polygon are equal. Using completed proof to justify other sides/angles In this proof, there was no easy way to justify that . However, once weve completed a congruent triangle proof, this provides a justification for other sides and angles being the same. We might write as justification: As triangles ABD and DCA are congruent, . Exercises Q2 We earlier showed and are congruent, but couldnt at that point use because we couldnt justify it. AB = AC ( is equilateral triangle) AD is common. ADC = ADB = 90. Therefore triangles congruent by RHS.

Since and are congruent triangles, . as is equilateral. Therefore ? Exercises Q4 BC = CE equal sides CF = CD equal sides BCF = DCE = 150o BFC is congruent to ECD by SAS. So BF=ED (congruent triangles) BF = EG ( opp sides of parallelogram) ? (2)