Similar Triangles Problems with Answers :
In this section, let us learn, how to solve problems involving the concept similar triangle.
There are three ways to prove that two triangles are similar :
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Example 1 :
P and Q are points on sides AB and AC respectively, of triangle ABC. If AP = 3 cm, PB = 6 cm, AQ = 5 cm and QC = 10 cm, show that BC = 3 PQ.
AP/PB = AQ/AC
3/9 = 5/15
1/3 = 1/3
In triangles APQ, and ABC we get
(AP/AB) = (AQ/AC)
∠ A = ∠A
By using SAS criterion ∆ APQ ~ ∆ ABC
(AP/AB) = (Q/AC) = (PQ/BC)
(AP/PB) = (PQ/BC)
PQ/BC = 3/9
PQ/BC = 1/3
3 PQ = BC
BC = 3 PQ
Example 2 :
In triangle ABC, AB = AC and BC = 6 cm. D is a point on the side AC such that AD = 5 cm and CD = 4 cm. Show that triangle BCD and triangle ACB are congruent and hence find BD.
In triangle ABC, AB = AC
(BC/AC) = (CD/CB)
(6/9) = (4/6)
From the triangles ∆ BCD, ∆ ACB we get
(BC/AC) = (CD/CB)
∠ C = ∠ C (Common angle)
By using SAS criterion, we get
∆ BCD ~ ∆ ACB
(BD/AB) = (BC/AC)
Here AB = AC
BD/9 = 6/9
BD = 6 cm
Example 3 :
The points D and E are on the sides AB and AC of triangle ABC respectively, such that DE and BC are parallel. If AB = 3 AD and the area triangle ABC is 72 cm², then find the area of the quadrilateral DBCE.
From the diagram,
the sides DE and BC are parallel and AB = 3 AD
(AD/AB) = 1/3
By taking the two triangles, ∆ ADE and ∆ ABC
∠ ADE = ∠ ABC
∠A = ∠A (Common angle)
By using AA similarity criterion ∆ADE ~ ∆ABC
Area of ∆ ADE/Area of ∆ ABC = AD²/AB²
Area of ∆ ADE/72 = 1/9
Area of ∆ ADE = (1/9) ⋅ 72 = 8 cm
Area of quadrilateral = area of ∆ ABC – Area of ∆ DE
= 72 – 8 = 64 cm²
Therefore the required area of quadrilateral is 64 cm²
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