**Finding missing measures in similar triangles worksheet :**

Worksheet given in this section is much useful to the students who would like to practice solving word problems using similar triangles.

1. While playing tennis, David is 12 meters from the net, which is 0.9 meter high. He needs to hit the ball so that it just clears the net and lands 6 meters beyond the base of the net. At what height should Matt hit the tennis ball ?

2. Jose is building a wheelchair ramp that is 24 feet long and 2 feet high. She needs to install a vertical support piece 8 feet from the end of the ramp. What is the length of the support piece in inches ?

**Problem 1 : **

While playing tennis, David is 12 meters from the net, which is 0.9 meter high. He needs to hit the ball so that it just clears the net and lands 6 meters beyond the base of the net. At what height should Matt hit the tennis ball ?

**Solution :**

**Step 1 :**

Draw an appropriate diagram to the given information

In the above diagram,

BC = Height of the net

DE = Height of ball when hit

A = Point at where the ball lands

**Step 2 : **

Let us compare two corresponding angles of triangle ABC and ADE.

**Triangle ABC**

m∠A (Common angle)

m∠B (Right angle)

**Triangle ADE**

m∠A (Common angle)

m∠D (Right angle)

Because two angles in one triangle are congruent to two angles in the other triangle, the two triangles are similar.

**Step 3 : **

Since the triangle ABC and ADE are similar triangles, corresponding side lengths are proportional.

So, we have

AD / DB = DE / BC

(AB + BD) / DB = DE / BC

Substitute the lengths from the figure.

(6 + 12) / 6 = h / 0.9

18 / 6 = h / 0.9

3 = h / 0.9

Multiply both sides by 0.9

3 ⋅ 0.9 = (h/0.9) ⋅ 9

2.7 = h

Hence, David should hit the ball at a height of 2.7 meters.

**Problem 2 : **

Jose is building a wheelchair ramp that is 24 feet long and 2 feet high. She needs to install a vertical support piece 8 feet from the end of the ramp. What is the length of the support piece in inches ?

**Solution :**

**Step 1 :**

Draw an appropriate diagram to the given information

In the above diagram,

AB = Height of the chair

CD = Height of the support piece

E = End of the ramp

**Step 2 : **

Let us compare two corresponding angles of triangle ABE and CDE.

**Triangle ABE**

m∠E (Common angle)

m∠B (Right angle)

**Triangle ADE**

m∠E (Common angle)

m∠D (Right angle)

Because two angles in one triangle are congruent to two angles in the other triangle, the two triangles are similar.

**Step 3 : **

Since the triangle ABE and ADE are similar triangles, corresponding side lengths are proportional.

So, we have

DE / BE = CD / AB

Substitute the lengths from the figure.

8 / 24 = h / 2

1 / 3 = h / 2

Multiply both sides by 2.

(1/3) ⋅ 2 = (h/2) ⋅ 2

2/3 ft = h

or

h = 2/3 ft

**Step 4 : **

Convert feet into inches.

Since 1 ft = 12 inches, we have to multiply by 12 to convert ft into inches.

h = 2/3 ft ----> h = (2/3) ⋅ 12 inches

h = 8 inches

Hence, the length of the support piece is 8 inches.

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