Question Video: Understanding the Definition of Congruence Mathematics • 8th Grade

The symbol β‰… means that the two objects are congruent. Write a true statement.


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The symbol congruency means that the two objects are congruent. Write a true statement.

Here, it seems we have a parallelogram 𝐴𝐡𝐢𝐷 and we split it in half, creating two triangles. Here, we have triangle 𝐴𝐡𝐢 and here we have another triangle. These are going to be congruent because 𝐴𝐡 is congruent to 𝐢𝐷 because of the marking; 𝐡𝐢 is congruent to 𝐷𝐴 because of the two marking, and then they share this last side. So of course 𝐴𝐢 is congruent to 𝐴𝐢. So these triangles are congruent by side-side-side; that’s a property.

So we have to write a true statement. So if we said triangle 𝐴𝐡𝐢, we have to be careful how we write the next triangle. So if we go from 𝐴 to 𝐡 to 𝐢, 𝐴 to 𝐡 has the one marking and 𝐡 to 𝐢 has the two marking. So we need to do the same thing for the other triangle β€” go from the one marking to the two marking. So we will need to go from 𝐢 to 𝐷 for the one marking and then 𝐷 to 𝐴 for the two marking.

So this would be a true statement. Now, it can be written a few different ways. So notice 𝐴 goes with 𝐢, 𝐡 goes with 𝐷, and 𝐢 goes with 𝐴. So we can change the order if we would like as long as we stay consistent.

So if we started with triangle 𝐡𝐢𝐴, we will need to follow that pattern, so triangle 𝐷𝐴𝐢. And then our last option if we would keep going counterclockwise around triangle 𝐴𝐡𝐢 would be 𝐢𝐴𝐡; that would be congruent to triangle 𝐴𝐢𝐷.

Now, we could do the exact same thing going the other direction. However, any of these three would work for a final answer, so all we need to do is to pick one. So triangle 𝐡𝐢𝐴 is congruent to triangle 𝐷𝐴𝐢.

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