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7-2 Similar Polygons. Similarity. Similar figures have the same shape but not necessarily the same size. The ~ symbol means “is similar to”

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### 7-2 Similar Polygons

Similarity
• Similar figures have the same shape but not necessarily the same size.
• The ~ symbol means “is similar to”
• Two polygons are similar polygons if corresponding angles are congruent and if the lengths of corresponding sides are proportional.
• When three or more ratios are equal, you can write an extended proportion.
Understanding Similarity

MNP ~ SRT

• What are the pairs of congruent angles?
• What is the extended proportion for the ratios of corresponding sides?
DEFG ~ HJKL
• What are the pairs of congruent angles?
• What is the extended proportion for the ratios of the lengths of corresponding sides?
Scale Factor
• A scale factor is the ratio of corresponding linear measurements of two similar figures.
• The ratio of corresponding sides is , so the scale factor of ABC to XYZ is or 5 : 2.
Determining Similarity
• Are the polygons similar? If they are, write a similarity statement and give the scale factor.
 Are the polygons similar? If they are, write a similarity statement and give the scale factor.
Using Similar Polygons
• ABCD ~ EFGD. What is the value of x?

 What is the value of y?

Using Similarity
• In the diagram, Find SR.
Scales
• In a scale drawing, all lengths are proportional to their corresponding actual lengths.
• The scale is the ratio that compares each length in the scale drawing to the actual length.
• The lengths used in a scale can be in different units (ex. 1 cm = 50 km).
• You can use proportions to find the actual dimensions represented in a scale drawing.
Using a Scale Drawing
• The diagram shows a scale drawing of the Golden Gate Bridge. If the length between the two towers in the diagram is 6.4 cm, what is the length of the actual bridge?

If the tower measures 0.8 cm in the diagram, what is the actual height of the tower?