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There are many problems throughout the text labeled IN YOUR OWN WORDS. Just relax; do not be afraid to give your opinion. For the most part, these questions do not have “right” or “wrong” answers. You should spend about five minutes in answering each of these questions.
Find two angles of one triangle congruent to two angles of another triangle to show that the triangles are similar. See Example 1.
Be sure to orient the corresponding parts before answering. List the corresponding parts.
Be sure to orient the corresponding parts before answering. List the corresponding parts and then find the lengths of the missing sides.
For example, in Problem 16, triangle DEF is similar to triangle GIH, so the length of segments HI to HG is proportional to the lengths of segments EF to DE. This means that the length of segment HI must be 11 units. Similarly, the length of IG is 16.5 units. Now, you can list the lengths of all six parts.
See Example 2; draw a sketch similar to Figure 7.46, and then label the given distances before beginning.
First, identify the two triangles. Determine that the two triangles are similar. Then, set up a proportion using corresponding parts of similar triangles. See Example 2.
Read the questions carefully and answer all parts of the question. The crux of these two problems is the similar triangle theorem. See Example 3.
Mentally orient triangle ABM and triangle CBM to align corresponding parts. The
right angles in each are congruent, so you need to find one additional pair of congruent angles.
Mentally orient triangle ADC and triangle CEA to align corresponding parts. It
is given that the measures of angles D and E are equal, so you need to find
one additional pair of congruent angles.
Mentally orient the triangles to align corresponding parts. You must find two angles of one triangle congruent to two angles of the other triangle.
See Example 3; be sure to draw a figure for each problem.