Side Side Side Congruence

Conditions for the SSS - Side Side Side congruence

Two triangles are said to be congruent if three sides of one triangle are respectively equal to the three sides of the other triangle.

Experiment to prove Congruence with SSS:

Draw ∆LMN with LM = 3 cm, LN = 4 cm, MN = 5 cm.

Also, draw another ∆XYZ with XY = 3cm, XZ = 4cm, YZ= 5cm.

Side Side Side Congruence

We see that LM = XY, LN = XZ and MN = YZ.

Make a trace copy of ∆XYZ and try to make it cover ∆LMN with X on L, Y on M and Z on N.

We observe that: two triangles cover each other exactly.

Therefore ∆LMN ≅ ∆XYZ

Worked-out problems on side side side congruence triangles (SSS postulate):

1. LM = NO and LO = MN. Show that ∆ LON ≅ ∆ NML.

SSS Postulate


In ∆LON and ∆NML

LM = NO   →  given

LO = MN   →  given

LN = NL   →   common

Therefore, ∆ LON ≅ ∆ NML, by side-side-side (SSS) congruence condition

2. In the given figure, apply SSS congruence condition and state the result in the symbolic form.

SSS Congruence


In ∆LMN and ∆LON   

LM = LO = 8.9cm  

MN = NO = 4cm

LN = NL = 4.5 cm

Therefore, ∆LMN ≅ ∆LON, by side side side (SSS) congruence condition

3. In the adjoining figure, apply S-S-S congruence condition and state the result in the symbolic form.

Side Side Side Postulate


In ∆LNM and ∆OQP

LN = OQ = 3 cm

NM = PQ = 5cm

LM = PO = 8.5cm

Therefore, ∆LNM ≅ ∆OQP, by Side Side Side (SSS) congruence condition

4. ∆OLM and ∆NML have common base LM, LO = MN and OM = NL. Which of the following are true?

SSS Congruence Condition

 (i) ∆LMN ≅ ∆LMO

 (ii)  ∆LMO ≅ ∆LNM

 (iii) ∆LMO ≅ ∆MLN


LO = MN and OM = NL   →    given

LM = LM    → common

Thus, ∆MLN ≅ ∆LMO, by SSS congruence condition

Therefore, statement (iii) is true. So, (i) and (ii) statements are false.

5. By Side Side Side congruence prove that 'Diagonal of the rhombus bisects each other at right angles'.

Solution: Diagonal LN and MP of the rhombus LMNP intersect each other at O.

Prove Congruence with SSS

It is required to prove that LM ⊥ NP and LO = ON and MO = OP.

Proof: LMNP is a rhombus.

Therefore, LMNP is a parallelogram.

Therefore, LO = ON and MO = OP.

In ∆LOP and ∆LOM; LP = LM, [Since, sides of a rhombus are equal]

Side LO is common

PO = OM, [Since diagonal of a parallelogram bisects each other]

Therefore, ∆LOP ≅ ∆LOM, [by SSS congruence condition]

But, ∠LOP + ∠MOL = 2 rt. angle

Therefore, 2∠LOP = 2 rt. angle

            or, ∠LOP = 1 rt. angle

Therefore, LO ⊥ MP

i.e., LN ⊥ MP (Proved)

[Note: Diagonals of a square are perpendicular to each other]

6. In a quadrilateral LMNP, LM = LP and MN = NP.

Prove that LN ⊥ MP and MO = OP [O is the point of intersection of MP and LN]

by SSS Congruence Condition


In ∆LMN and ∆LPN,

LM = LP,

MN = NP,


Therefore, ∆LMN ≅ ∆LPN, [by SSS congruence condition]

Therefore, ∠MLN = ∠PLN -------- (i)

Now in ∆LMO and ∆LPO,

LM = LP;

LO is common and


∆LMO ≅ ∆LPO, [by SAS congruence condition]

Therefore, ∠LOM = ∠LOP and

MO = OP, [Proved]

But ∠LOM + ∠LOP = 2 rt. angles.

Therefore, ∠LOM = ∠LOP = 1 rt. angles.

Therefore, LO ⊥ MP

i.e., LN ⊥ MP, [Proved]

7. If the opposite sides of a quadrilateral are equal, prove that the quadrilateral will be parallelogram.

LMNO is a parallelogram quadrilateral, whose sides LM = ON and LO = MN. It is required to prove that LMNO is a parallelogram.

Rhombus is Parallelogram

Construction: Diagonal LN is drawn.

Proof: In ∆LMN and ∆NOL,

LM = ON and MN = LO, [By hypothesis]

LN is common side.

Therefore, ∆LMN ≅ ∆NOL, [by Side Side Side congruence condition]

Therefore, ∠MLN = ∠LNO, [Corresponding angles of congruent triangles]

Since, LN cuts LM and ON and the both alternate angles are equal.

Therefore, LM ∥ ON

Again, ∠MNL = ∠OLN [Corresponding angles of congruent triangles]

But LN cuts LO and MN, and the alternate angles are equal.

Therefore, LO ∥ MN

Therefore, In quadrilateral LMNO,

LM ∥ ON and

LO ∥ MN.

Therefore, LMNO is a parallelogram. [Proved]

[Note: Rhombus is parallelogram.]

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