Two objects are **similar** if they have the **same shape**, so that one is an enlargement of the other.

Two objects are **congruent **if they are the same** shape** and **size**.

In an enlargement or reduction

- Corresponding angles are equal
- Corresponding lengths are in the same ratio - they have the same Scale Factor

- The scale factor is greater than 1 for an enlargement
- The scale factor is smaller than 1 for a reduction

Triangle A is an enlargement of C, with a scale factor of 2

Triangle C is a reduction of A, with a scale factor of ½

Triangle B is an enlargement of C
, with a scale factor of 3

Triangle B is an enlargement of A,
with a scale factor of 1.5

Its scale factor may be written as

Two shapes are said to be similar if one is a scaled version of the other.

This means that

- their corresponding angles are equal
- their corresponding sides are in the same ratio.

( ie. they have the same scale factor)

Example

Are these dominoes similar?

- Check that their corresponding angles are equal.

(All right angles, so equal)

- Check the ratio of their corresponding sides.

and

The dominoes are similar

Start with the shape containing the missing side.

Example

Calculate the size of side x.

For any triangle

If pairs of corresponding angles are equal,

then ratios of lengths of corresponding sides are equal and the triangles are similar.

Conversely, if ratios of lengths of corresponding sides are equal, then pairs of corresponding angles are equal , and the triangles are similar.

Example

Given AD is 15 cm , AB is 12 cm and DE is 10cm,find the length of BC.

BC is parallel to DE , so the corresponding angles are equal.

This means that triangles ABC and ADE are similar.

**Split the triangles into their components**

Example

Given that shape A is enlarged by a scale factor of 2,

find the size of the Area of shape B.

Example

Wiffoff deodorant is usually sold in 200 ml cans.

A new size can is made, with half of the dimensions of the old one.

Calculate the volume of the new can.

The new can has a volume of 25 ml.