Instructional Activity# Using Side Quotients to Find Side Lengths of Similar Triangles

Lesson 9. Unit 2. Grade 8 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 9, Unit 2, Grade 8. In this activity, students calculate side lengths of similar triangles. They can use the scale factor between the similar triangles, studied in depth in previous lessons. Or they can look at internal ratios between corresponding side lengths within the triangles, introduced in the previous lesson. Students need to think strategically about which side lengths to calculate first since there are many missing values. As they discover more side lengths, this opens up more paths for finding the remaining values.