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Similar Triangles

Surveying: Surveyors sometimes use similar triangles to measure inaccessible distances. A surveyor could find distance AB by setting up similar triangles ABC and EDC. Assuming all lengths may be directly measured to set up a proportion and solve for AB.

17. How does the surveyor make ABC similar to EDC?
18. Set up a proportion and solve for AB
19. Find the areas of the two triangles in Ercise 17. Compare the ratio of the areas to the ratio of the perimeters.

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Similar triangles are investigated. The solution is detailed and well presented.