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POW #2

Ben Glenn
Caitlyn Kneller
The Problem:
This problem involves 2 triangles. These triangles both have 6 parts each.
Three angles and three sides are the parts. Using congruency theorems we can find
out if 2 triangles are congruent or not. Congruency theorems are when you have 3
parts of a triangle in common, like a (SAS) side, angle, and side. This proves that
the triangles are the same and cant be different in any way. In the problem we are
given 5 parts to use (sides/angles). We have to attempt to see if we can get 2
triangles to not be congruent with 5 of the same parts. (Diagram 1)
The first thing I did to try and solve this problem was to see what triangle I
should use. I also had to find what 5 parts I would use to make the triangles not fully
congruent. First using SSSAA (Side, Side, Side, Angle, Angle) I found out fast that
they are the same because if all sides are the same length the angles will also be
the same. The next thing that I did was I reversed the SSS with all angles. SO I
would have AAASS. This is how I got both of my answers to this problem. Once I had
found out that my 5 parts needed to be AAASS I was able to arrange them on a
triangle. To make it easier or what helped for me is I kept one triangle the same and
changed the other. This made guessing and checking a lot easier. Using the
congruence theorems I would see if any could match what I had written on the
triangle. One example would be if I had an angle side angle (ASA) in both triangles I
would have to move one of the sides on the other triangle. I moved the side so that
the triangles would not be congruent.
All in all with this problem I found there are 2 possible ways to make the sides
congruent without having fully congruent triangles. The first way is solution 1 on the
diagram. The second solution is solution 2 on the diagram. I used one triangle in the
same position every time that is triangle 1. The one that I am changing to show the
solution is triangle 2.
With this problem I didnt see the connection to this and what we were
learning in class. I was really confused at first but as we went on in class I learned
more and figured out how to solve it. I found that this was a little overwhelming
with all the extra homework from my math class. Even though I found it worth while
I wish I could have had more time to work on it in class and have lessons that go off
of the POW. This POW was pretty hard to the point of where I had to look back at
my work a few times. Out of 30 points for this POW I would give myself 30 because

feel a lot more organized then I did last POW. I think that my work productivity has
increased on this POW.