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Geometry Session 8: Similarity
Session 8 Part A Part B Part C Homework
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Session 8 Materials:

Session 8, Part A:
Scale Drawings (50 minutes)

In This Part: Finding a "Good Copy" | Doubling the Coordinates | Distances and Angles

Here is a picture of a panther:

Problem A1


Which of these pictures is a good copy of the original picture? Explain how you made your decision.

Stop!  Do the above problem before you proceed.  Use the tip text to help you solve the problem if you get stuck.
Try to come up with a method of comparing the pictures that will tell you whether a picture is distorted. For example, you may want to look at the ratio of length to height. Looking at angles would be another method.   Close Tip

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Video Segment
In this video segment, participants explore different ideas that will help them decide which copy is the best copy of the original picture. Watch this segment after you've completed Problem A1.

Compare your method with those the participants used in the video.

If you are using a VCR, you can find this segment on the session video approximately 3 minutes and 3 seconds after the Annenberg Media logo.



Mathematicians use the word "similar" to describe two figures that are the same shape but not necessarily the same size. If one is a scaled copy of the other, then the two figures are similar.

Two polygons are similar if and only if corresponding angles have the same measure and corresponding sides are in proportion.


Problem A2


Are these two rectangles similar? How do you know?


Problem A3


Are these two triangles similar? How did you decide?


Scale Drawings adapted from Connected Geometry, developed by Educational Development Center, Inc. © 2000 Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Used with permission. www.glencoe.com/sec/math

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