**How Do You Prove Triangles Are Congruent**

**Congruent Figures**

Two figures/objects are said to be congruent if they are exactly of the same shape and size. The relationship between two congruent figures is called congruence. We use the symbol ≅ for ‘congruent to’.

**Congruence among line segments:**Two line segments are congruent if they have the same length.

Thus, line segment PQ ≅ line segment RS as PQ = RS = 6 cm.**Congruence of Angles:**Two angles are congruent if they have the same measure.

Thus, ∠AO’B ≅ ∠QOP,

as m ∠AO’B = m ∠QOP = 40°.**Congruence of plane figures:**Two plane figures A and B are congruent as they superpose each other. We can write it as figure A ≅ figure B.

**Congruence of squares:**Two squares are congruent if they have same side length.

Square PQRS ≅ Square XYZT as PQ = XY.**Congruence of rectangles:**Two rectangles are said to be congruent if they have the same length and breadth.

Rectangle ABCD ≅ Rectangle PQRS as

AB = PQ and BC = QR.**Congruence of circles:**Two circles are congruent if they have the same radius.

Circle A ≅ Circle B, as radius of A = radius of B = 2 cm.

### Congruence of Triangles

Two triangles are congruent if they are copies of each other, and when superposed they cover each other exactly.

∆ABC and ∆DEF have the same size and shape. They are congruent. So we would express this as ∆ABC ∆DEF. This means that, when we place ∆DEF on ∆ABC, D falls on A, E falls on B and F falls on C, also falls along falls along and falls along .

**Corresponding angles are:**∠A and ∠D, ∠B and ∠E, ∠C and ∠F.**Corresponding vertices are:**A and D, B and E, C and F.**Corresponding sides are:**and and and .

Hence, three sides and three angles are the six matching parts for the congruence of triangles.

**Examples:**

1. Write the correspondence between the vertices, sides and angles of the triangles XYZ and MLN, if ∆XYZ ≅ ∆MLN.

**Solution:**

By the order of letters, we find that

X ↔ M, Y ↔ L and Z ↔ N

∴ XY = ML, YZ = LN, XZ = MN

Also ∠X = ∠M, ∠Y = ∠L and ∠Z = ∠N.

2. In following pairs of triangles, find the correspondence between the triangles so that they are congruent.

In ∆PQR: PQ = 4 cm, QR = 5 cm, PR = 6 cm, ∠P = 60°, ∠Q = 80°, ∠R = 40°.

In ∆XYZ: XY = 6 cm, ZY = 5 cm, XZ = 4 cm, ∠X = 60°, ∠Y = 40°, ∠Z = 80°.

**Solution:**

Let us draw the triangles and write the measures of their corresponding parts along with them.

From the above figures, we note that

PQ = XZ, QR = YZ, PR = XY

and ∠P = ∠X, ∠Q = ∠Z, ∠R = ∠Y

∴ P ↔ X, Q ↔ Z and R ↔ Y

Hence, ∆PQR ≅ ∆XZY

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**Some more results based on congruent triangles: **

- If two sides of a triangle are unequal, then the longer side has the greater angle opposite to it.
- In a triangle, the greater angle has the longer side opposite to it.
- Of all the line segments that can be drawn to a given line, from a point not lying on it, the perpendicular line segment is the shortest.
- The sum of any two sides of a triangle is greater than its third side.
- The difference between any two sides of a triangle is less than its third side.
- Exterior angle is greater than one opposite interior angle.

**Congruent Triangles Example Problems With Solutions**

**Example 1: **Find the relation between angles in figure.

**Solution: **∵ yz > xz > xy

⇒∠x > ∠y > ∠z.

(∵ Angle opposite to longer side is greater)

**Example 2: **Find the relation between the sides of triangle in figure.

**Solution: **∵ ∠D > ∠E > ∠F

∴EF > DF > DE

{∵ side opposite to greater angle is longer}

**Example 3: **Find ∠ACD then what is the relation between (i) ∠ACD, ∠ABC (ii) ∠ACD & ∠A

**Solution: **∠ACD + 40° = 180° (linear pair)

∠ACD = 140°

also ∠A + ∠B = ∠ACD

(exterior angle = sum of opp. interior angles)

⇒ ∠A + 70° = 140° ⇒ ∠A = 140° – 70°

⇒ ∠A = 70°

Now ∠ACD > ∠B

∠ACD > ∠A

**Example 4: **In Fig. ∠E > ∠A and ∠C > ∠D. Prove that AD > EC.

**Solution: **In ∆ABE, it is given that

∠E > ∠A

⇒ AB > BE …. (i)

In ∆BCD, it is given that

∠C > ∠D

⇒ BD > BC …. (ii)

Adding (i) and (ii), we get

AB + BD > BE + BC ⇒AD > EC

**Example 5: **AB and CD are respectively the smallest and longest sides of a quadrilateral ABCD (see figure). Show that ∠A > ∠C.

**Solution: **Draw diagonal AC.

In ∆ABC, AB < BC {∵ AB is smallest}

⇒ ∠3 < ∠1 ……(1)

{angle opp. to longer side is larger}

Also in ∆ADC

AD < CD ∵ CD is longest

⇒ ∠4 < ∠2 …..(2)

adding equation (1) & (2)

∠3 + ∠4 < ∠1 + ∠2

∠C < ∠A

or ∠A > ∠C Proved.

**Example 6: **In given figure, PR > PQ and PS bisects ∠QPR. Prove that ∠PSR > ∠PSQ.

**Solution: **In ∆PQR, PR > PQ

⇒ ∠Q > ∠R ……(1)

{angle opposite to longer side is greater}

and ∠1 = ∠2 (∵ PS is ∠bisector) ….(2)

Now for ∆PQS, ∠PSR = ∠Q + ∠1 ….(3)

{exterior angle = sum of opposite interior angle}

& for ∆PSR, ∠PSQ = ∠R + ∠2 ….(4)

By equation (1), (2), (3), (4), ∠PSR > ∠PSQ

Proved.

**Example 7: **AD, BE and CF, the altitudes of ∆ABC are equal. Prove that ∆ABC is an equilateral triangle.

**Solution:**

**Example 8: **In Fig. AD = BC and BD = CA.

Prove that ∠ADB = ∠BCA and ∠DAB = ∠CBA.

**Solution:**

**Example 9: **In Fig. PQ > PR. QS and RS are the bisectors of ∠Q and ∠R respectively. Prove that SQ > SR.

**Solution:**

**Example 10: **In Fig.

if x > y, show that ∠M > ∠N.

**Solution: **

**Example 11: ** In Fig. AB > AC. Show that AB > AD.

**Solution:**

**Example 12: **Prove that any two sides of a triangle are together greater than twice the median drawn to the third side.

**Solution:**

**Example 13: **In Fig. PQR is a triangle and S is any point in its interior, show that SQ + SR < PQ + PR.

**Solution:**

**Example 14: **In ∆PQR S is any point on the side QR. Show that PQ + QR + RP > 2 PS.

**Solution:**

**Example 15: **In Fig. T is a point on side QR of ∆PQR and S is a point such that RT = ST.

Prove that PQ + PR > QS.

**Solution:**

**Example 16: **Find ∠OBA in given figure

**Solution:**

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