Congruence of Triangles Class 9

Congruence of triangles class 9 helps the students to understand the concept of congruence in a different perspective. It states that that two triangles are said to be congruent if they are copies of each other and when superposed, they cover each other exactly. In other words, two triangles are congruent if the sides and angles of one triangle are equal to the corresponding sides and angles of the other triangle. Congruence of triangles class 9 helps the students to learn about some of the axiom rules that every student should be needed to know for proceeding their higher studies.

Assume the triangle ABC and PQR

Congruence of Triangles Class 9

If a triangle PQR is congruent to a triangle ABC, we write it as ∆ PQR ≅ ∆ ABC.

Note that when ∆ PQR ≅ ∆ ABC, then sides of ∆ PQR fall on corresponding

equal sides of ∆ ABC and so is the case for the angles.

This means that PQ covers AB, QR covers BC and RP covers CA;

∠P, ∠Q and ∠R covers ∠A, ∠B and ∠C respectively.

Also, between the vertices, there is an existence of one-one correspondence.

That is, P corresponds to A, Q corresponds to B, R corresponds to C and it is written as

\(P\leftrightarrow A, Q\leftrightarrow B, R\leftrightarrow C\)

Under this condition, the correspondence ∆ PQR ≅ ∆ ABC is true but is not correct for the correspondence ∆QRP ≅ ∆ ABC.

Congruence of Triangles Criterions

The criteria for congruence of triangles class 9 is explained using two axiom rules.

SSS Congruence Rule (Side – Side – Side )

Two triangles are said to be congruent if all the sides of a triangle are equal to all the corresponding sides of another triangle.

SAS congruence Rule ( Side – Angle – Side )

Two triangles are said to be congruent if two sides and the included angle of one triangle are equal to the two sides and the included angle of the other triangle.

Proof :

In the given figure OA = OB and OD = OC.

Show that

(i) ∆ AOD ≅ ∆ BOC and (ii) AD || BC.

SAS congruence Rule

Solution :

(i) You may note that in triangle AOD and triangle BOC,

Given data are: OA = OB and OC = OD

Also, ∠AOD and ∠BOC form a pair of vertically opposite angles, we may write as

∠AOD = ∠BOC.

So, we get ∆ AOD ≅ ∆ BOC (Using the SAS congruence rule)

(ii) In congruent triangles, AOD and BOC, the corresponding parts of the triangle sides are also

equal.

So, we get ∠ OAD = ∠ OBC and these conditions form a pair of alternate angles for line segments AD and BC.

Therefore, the sides AD || BC.

Hence proved.

ASA Congruence Rule ( Angle – Side – Angle )

Two triangles are said to be congruent if two angles and the included side of one triangle are equal to two angles and the included side of another triangle.

Proof :

From the given two triangles, ABC and DEF in which:

∠B = ∠E, and ∠C = ∠F and the BC = EF

To prove that ∆ ABC ≅ ∆ DEF

For proving congruence of the two triangles, the three cases involved are

Case (i): Let AB = DE

ASA Congruence Rule

You will observe that

AB = DE (Assumed)

Given ∠B = ∠E and BC = EF

So, from SAS Rule we get, ∆ ABC ≅ ∆ DEF

Case (ii): Let it possible the side AB > DE. Now take a point P on AB such that it becomes

PB = DE.

ASA Congruence Rule proof

Now consider ∆ PBC and ∆ DEF,

IT is noted that in triangle PBC and triangle DEF,

From construction, PB = DE

Given,∠ B = ∠ E

BC = EF

So, we conclude that, from the SAS congruence axiom

∆ PBC ≅ ∆ DEF

Since the triangles are congruent, their corresponding parts of the triangles are also equal.

So, ∠PCB = ∠DFE

But, we are provided with that

∠ACB = ∠DFE

So, we can say ∠ACB = ∠PCB

Is this condition possible?

This condition is possible only if P coincides with A or when BA = ED

So, ∆ ABC ≅ ∆ DEF (From SAS axiom)

Case (iii): If AB < DE, we can take a point M on DE such that it becomes ME = AB and

repeating the arguments as given in Case (ii), we can conclude that AB = DE and so we get

∆ ABC ≅ ∆ DEF.

Suppose now consider that in two triangles, two pairs of angles and one pair of corresponding

sides are equal but the side of a triangle is not included between the corresponding equal pairs of angles. Can you say that the triangles still congruent? Absolutely, You will notice that they are congruent. Because the sum of the three angles of a triangle is 180°. If two pairs of

angles are equal, the third pair of angles are also equal. It is called as AAS congruence rule when two triangles are congruent if any two pairs of angles and one pair of corresponding sides are equal.

Congruence of Triangles Example Problem

Question :

Line segment AB is parallel to the line-segment CD. From the given figure, O is the midpoint of AD. Show that (1) ∆AOB ≅ ∆DOC

(2) O is also the midpoint of BC.

Congruence of Triangles class 9 example

Solution:

(i) Consider a triangle AOB and triangle DOC.

You can write it as  ∠ ABO = ∠ DCO

Since BC is the transversal and the alternate angles as AB || CD

Noted from, vertically opposite angles ∠ AOB = ∠ DOC

Given : OA = OD

Therefore, from AAS rule, ∆AOB ≅ ∆DOC

(ii) From Corresponding Parts of Congruent Triangles(CPCT)

It is observed that OB = OC

So, O is the midpoint of BC.

Hence Proved.

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