CHAPTER 2

your geometry toolbox

Your Geometry Toolbox

You’ve got Chapter 2

under your belt and now

you’ve added Similarity and

Congruence to your toolbox. For a

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Simil

ar s

hap

es hav

e

equa

l angles.

Simil

ar s

hapes have

the same ra

tios

bet

ween side lengths.

Y

ou can spot simil

ar triangles

from t

wo equa

l angles.

Ac

tuall

y they hav

e thr

ee

angles tha

t ar

e equal, but

as soon as y

ou sp

ot two you

know

tha

t the

third

is

gonna

match, t

oo.

Congruent s

hap

es ar

e

simil

ar and the same size.

Congruent s

hap

es have

angles tha

t ar

e equal, jus

t

like similar s

hapes, but

they’re a

lso the same sca

le.

All squar

es and

circles are simil

ar.

100 Chapter 2

similarity and congruence

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Finding patterns

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