Copyright

Ch 3: CSET Math: Plane Euclidean Geometry

About This Chapter

Learn about similar shapes and triangles, congruence proofs and the laws of sines and cosines. The video lessons and quizzes in this chapter offer different approaches to help you answer these types of questions on the CSET: Math II test.

CSET Math: Plane Euclidean Geometry - Chapter Summary

Use the lessons in this chapter to help you understand similarity and congruence. You'll also learn how to apply properties of polygons, circles and triangles. Instructors provide examples and practice problems so you can learn to use these tactics in preparation for the exam. Videos cover the methods below, which are similar to questions on the exam:

  • Determining properties of congruent and similar shapes
  • Proving the angle-angle-side theorem
  • Proving the hypotenuse angle and hypotenuse leg theorem
  • Applying the law of sines and law of cosines
  • Using the Pythagorean Theorem
  • Determining the formula for area of polygons and circles
  • Applying the angle bisector and perpendicular bisector theorems
  • Creating perpendicular bisectors and N-Gons
  • Proving geometric theorems with coordinate geometry

CSET Math: Plane Euclidean Geometry Objectives

Aspiring math teachers in California need to take the CSET Math exam to become certified. This exam tests your comprehension of critical math concepts, including those in geometry. Three subtests make up the exam, and you'll find questions on Plane Euclidean Geometry in Subtest II, which has 30 multiple choice questions and four constructed response questions.

To get used to the style of questions on the exam before taking it, use the self-assessment quizzes that accompany each lesson. These quizzes are also helpful for gauging your understanding of the subject matter as you prepare for the exam.

16 Lessons in Chapter 3: CSET Math: Plane Euclidean Geometry
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Similar Polygons: Definition and Examples

1. Similar Polygons: Definition and Examples

Watch this video to learn what makes two polygons similar to each other. You'll also learn the one distinguishing aspect of similar polygons and see an example of how to compare two polygons.

Properties of Congruent and Similar Shapes

2. Properties of Congruent and Similar Shapes

In this lesson, we'll look at triangles, rectangles and other shapes that share properties. This includes both congruent and similar shapes. We'll also practice identifying the missing properties of these shapes.

Applications of Similar Triangles

3. Applications of Similar Triangles

Similar triangles are used to solve problems in everyday situations. Learn how to solve with similar triangles here, and then test your understanding with a quiz.

Triangle Congruence Postulates: SAS, ASA & SSS

4. Triangle Congruence Postulates: SAS, ASA & SSS

When we have two triangles, how can we tell if they're congruent? They may look the same, but you can be certain by using one of several triangle congruence postulates, such as SSS, SAS or ASA.

Congruence Proofs: Corresponding Parts of Congruent Triangles

5. Congruence Proofs: Corresponding Parts of Congruent Triangles

Congruent triangles have congruent sides and angles, and the sides and angles of one triangle correspond to their twins in the other. In this lesson, we'll try practice with some geometric proofs based around this theorem.

The AAS (Angle-Angle-Side) Theorem: Proof and Examples

6. The AAS (Angle-Angle-Side) Theorem: Proof and Examples

When trying to find out if triangles are congruent, it's helpful to have as many tools as possible. In this lesson, we'll add to our congruence toolbox by learning about the AAS theorem, or angle-angle-side.

The HA (Hypotenuse Angle) Theorem: Proof, Explanation, & Examples

7. The HA (Hypotenuse Angle) Theorem: Proof, Explanation, & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about the hypotenuse angle theorem. With this theorem, we can prove two right triangles are congruent with just congruent hypotenuses and acute angles.

The HL (Hypotenuse Leg) Theorem: Definition, Proof, & Examples

8. The HL (Hypotenuse Leg) Theorem: Definition, Proof, & Examples

In this lesson, we'll learn about the hypotenuse leg theorem. This theorem enables us to prove two right triangles are congruent based on just two sides.

Interior and Exterior Angles of Triangles: Definition & Examples

9. Interior and Exterior Angles of Triangles: Definition & Examples

Knowing just a few things about the interior or exterior angles of triangles is sometimes all you need to put all the pieces together. Find out more in this lesson.

Law of Sines: Definition and Application

10. Law of Sines: Definition and Application

Don't get stuck trying to find missing sides or angles in a triangle. Use the Law of Sines to rescue you from any perilous triangle in which you have just a few pieces of information.

Law of Cosines: Definition and Application

11. Law of Cosines: Definition and Application

In this lesson, we'll learn how to solve problems involving three sides and one angle in a triangle. The Law of Cosines, a modification of the Pythagorean Theorem, will save the day.

The Pythagorean Theorem: Practice and Application

12. The Pythagorean Theorem: Practice and Application

The Pythagorean theorem is one of the most famous geometric theorems. Written by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, this theorem makes it possible to find a missing side length of a right triangle. Learn more about the famous theorem here and test your understanding with a quiz.

The Pythagorean Theorem: Converse and Special Cases

13. The Pythagorean Theorem: Converse and Special Cases

The Pythagorean Theorem is a famous theorem for right triangles. Watch this video to learn how the Pythagorean Theorem relates to the law of cosines and how the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem can help you identify right triangles.

Angle Bisector Theorem: Proof and Example

14. Angle Bisector Theorem: Proof and Example

The angle bisector theorem sounds almost too good to be true. In this lesson, we set out to prove the theorem and then look at a few examples of how it's used.

Constructing an Angle Bisector in Geometry

15. Constructing an Angle Bisector in Geometry

Watch this video lesson to learn a cool way to split an angle in half. You can use this method to split a pie slice in half where you can be sure each side is equal.

Perpendicular Bisector Theorem: Proof and Example

16. Perpendicular Bisector Theorem: Proof and Example

Perpendicular bisectors are multifunctional lines. They're not only perpendicular to the line in question, they also neatly divide it into two equal halves. In this lesson, we'll learn about the perpendicular bisector theorem.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Support