PROVING TRIANGLES ARE SIMILAR WORKSHEET

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Proving Triangles are Similar Worksheet - Problems

Problem 1 :

In the triangles LMN and RST,  

RS / LM  =  ST / MN  =  TR / NL

Prove : ΔRST  ∼  ΔLMN

Problem 2 :  

Which of the following three triangles are similar ?

Problem 3 :

In the diagram shown below, use the given lengths to prove that ΔRST ∼ ΔPSQ. 

Problem 4 :

Determine whether the two triangles shown below are similar. Justify your answer.

Problem 5 :

As we move the tracing pin of a pantograph along a figure, the pencil attached to the far end draws an enlargement. As the pantograph expands and contracts, the three brads and the tracing pin always form the vertices of a parallelogram. The ratio of PR to PT is always equal to the ratio of PQ to PS. Also, the suction cup, the tracing pin, and the pencil remain collinear.

a. How can we prove that ΔPRQ  ∼  ΔPTS ?

b. In the diagram, PR is 10 inches and RT is 10 inches. The length of the cat RQ, in the original print is 2.4 inches. Find the length TS in the enlargement.

Problem 6 :

To measure the width of a river, we use a surveying technique, as shown in the diagram. Use the given lengths (measured in feet) to find RQ.

Proving Triangles are Similar Worksheet - Solutions

Problem 1 :

In the triangles LMN and RST,  

RS / LM  =  ST / MN  =  TR / NL

Prove : ΔRST  ∼  ΔLMN

Solution : 

Begin by graphing ΔLMN and ΔRST.

Locate P on RS so that PS  =  LM.

Draw PQ so that PQ  RT.

Then ΔRST  ∼ ΔPSQ, by the Angle Angle (AA) Similarity Postulate, and 

RS / PS  =  ST / SQ  =  TR / QP

Because PS = LM, we can substitute in the given proportion and find that SQ  =  MN and QP  =  NL. 

By the SSS Congruence Theorem, it follows that

ΔPSQ  ≅  ΔLMN

Finally, use the definition of congruent triangles and the AA Similarity Postulate to conclude that

ΔRST  ∼  ΔLMN

Problem 2 :  

Which of the following three triangles are similar ?

Solution : 

To decide which, if any, of the triangles are similar, we need to consider the ratios of the lengths of corresponding sides.

Ratios of Side Lengths of ΔABC and ΔDEF : 

AB / DE  =  6 / 4  =  3 / 2

CA / FD  =  12 / 8  =  3 / 2

BC / EF  =  9 / 6  =  3 / 2

Because all of the ratios are equal, ΔABC ∼ ΔDEF.

Ratios of Side Lengths of ΔABC and ΔGHJ : 

AB / GH  =  6 / 6  =  1

CA / JG  =  12 / 14  =  6 / 7

BC / HJ  =  9 / 10

Because the ratios are not equal, ΔABC and ΔGHJ are not similar.

Since ΔABC is similar to ΔDEF and ΔABC is not similar to ΔGHJ, ΔDEF is not similar to ΔGHJ.

Problem 3 :

In the diagram shown below, use the given lengths to prove that ΔRST ∼ ΔPSQ. 

Solution : 

Given : SP = 4, PR = 12, SQ = 5, QT = 15

Prove : ΔRST ∼ ΔPSQ

Use the SAS Similarity Theorem.

Begin by finding the ratios of the lengths of the corresponding sides.

SR / SP  =  (SP + PR) / SP  =  (4 + 12) / 4  =  16 / 4  =  4

ST / SQ  =  (SQ + QT) / SQ  =  (5 + 15) / 5  =  20 / 5  =  4

So, the lengths of sides SR and ST are proportional to the lengths of the corresponding sides of ΔPSQ.

Because ∠S is included angle in both triangles, use the SAS Similarity Theorem to conclude that 

ΔRST  ∼  ΔPSQ

Problem 4 :

Determine whether the two triangles shown below are similar. Justify your answer.

Solution :

By Triangle Sum Theorem, in Δ ABC,

∠A + ∠B + ∠C  =  180°

21° + 105° ∠C  =  180°

126° + ∠C  =  180°

Subtract 126° from both sides.

∠C  =  54°

In triangles ABC and DEF, we have

∠A  =  ∠F  =  21°

∠E  =  ∠C  =  54°

Two angles of one triangle are congruent to two angles of another triangle.

By Angle-Angle (AA) Similarity Postulate, the triangles ABC and DEF are similar triangles.  

Problem 5 :

As we move the tracing pin of a pantograph along a figure, the pencil attached to the far end draws an enlargement. As the pantograph expands and contracts, the three brads and the tracing pin always form the vertices of a parallelogram. The ratio of PR to PT is always equal to the ratio of PQ to PS. Also, the suction cup, the tracing pin, and the pencil remain collinear.

a. How can we prove that ΔPRQ  ∼  ΔPTS ?

b. In the diagram, PR is 10 inches and RT is 10 inches. The length of the cat RQ, in the original print is 2.4 inches. Find the length TS in the enlargement.

Solution (a) : 

We know that PR / PT  =  PQ / PS. 

Because ∠P  ≅  ∠P, we can apply the SAS Similarity Theorem to conclude that 

ΔPRQ  ∼  ΔPTS

Solution (b) : 

Because the triangles are similar, we can set up a proportion to find the length of the cat in the enlarged drawing.

Write proportion :

PR / PT  =  RQ / TS

Substitute. 

10 / 20  =  2.4 / TS

Solve for TS.

TS  =  4.8

Hence, the length of the cat in the enlarged drawing is 4.8 inches. 

Problem 6 :

To measure the width of a river, we use a surveying technique, as shown in the diagram. Use the given lengths (measured in feet) to find RQ.

Solution : 

By the AA Similarity Postulate, 

ΔPQR  ∼  ΔSTR

Write proportion. 

RQ / RT  =  PQ / ST

Substitute.

RQ / 12  =  63 / 9

Simplify. 

RQ / 12  =  7

Multiply each side by 12. 

12 ⋅ (RQ / 12)  =  7 ⋅ 12

RQ  =  84

Hence, the river is 84 feet wide.

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