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Supplementary Activity
Unit 4 Investigation 5
Similar Right Triangles
Open the file:
Interact with the applet for a few minutes; then answer the questions that follow.
1. When you drag the large black dot, what stays the same? What changes?
2. What is the sum of the measures of the red and blue angles? How do you know this to
be true?
3. The segment that was drawn as you dragged the slider is called an altitude.
This altitude was drawn to the hypotenuse. How many right triangles did
this altitude split the original right triangle into?
4. What does the special movement of the red and blue angles imply about these two
smaller right triangles? What previously learned theorem justifies your answer?
5. Does your response for (4) also hold true for the relationship between the ORIGINAL
BIG RIGHT TRIANGLE and either one of the smaller right triangles? If so, how/why do
you know this?
Supplementary Activity Unit 4 Investigation 5
Connecticut Core Geometry Curriculum v 3.0