Education Technology

Similar Triangles and Proportions

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will investigate the relationship among the similar triangles formed when a segment is constructed parallel to one side of a triangle. They will explore the various ratios that exist between the lengths of the sides of similar triangles.

Before the Activity

  • Install the Cabri Jr. App on the students' graphing calculators using TI Connect™, a TI Connectivity Cable and the Unit-to-Unit Link Cable
  • Use the TI-Navigator™ to transfer the attached Cabri Jr. AppVar files to each calculator
  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print pages 97 - 98 from the attached PDF file for your class
  • During the Activity

    Distribute the pages to your class.

    Follow the Activity procedures:

  • Use the AppVar to go directly to the exploration section
  • Construct a triangle and a line intersecting the triangle that is parallel to one of its sides
  • Measure the lengths of the sides of the two similar triangles formed, and investigate any relationships among the ratios of the measured lengths
  • After the Activity

    Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary