Scale Factors of Similar Figures Page 1 of 3
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What are Similar Figures?
Similar figures are figures that have the same shape. They can be the same exact size, or one can be larger than the other.
The symbol for "is similar to" is a little squiggly line (called a tilde).
When two shapes are similar, their corresponding angles will be the same. The angles are the same because the shape is still the same. You can tell from the order of the similarity statement which angles match up. In the example, angles A and D are the same (both letters are in written first), angles B and E are the same (both letters are written in the middle), and C and F are the same (both letters are written last).
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