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4.5

# Geometry: Side-Side-Angle: The Ambiguous Case

by Texas Instruments

#### 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.