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Side-Side-Angle: The Ambiguous Case

Published on 08/24/2011

Activity Overview

Experiment with segment lengths and angle measures.

Objectives

  • Students will identify the conditions necessary to determine a unique triangle when given two sides and a non-included angle (SSA).
  • Students will justify why SSA is not sufficient to establish congruence of two triangles.

Vocabulary

  • triangle
  • angle
  • congruence
  • Side-Angle-Side Congruence Theorem
  • Angle-Angle-Side Congruence Theorem

About the Lesson

This lesson involves manipulating the length of a side of a triangle and the non-included angle to identify the conditions that are necessary to determine a unique triangle. As a result students will:

  • Be given two sides and the non-included angle, and they will change the size of the given angle to determine the conditions necessary to determine a triangle.
  • Conclude that uniqueness is a necessary condition for the congruence of two triangles.