geometric congruence

Two geometrical constructs are congruent if there is a finite sequencePlanetmathPlanetmath of geometric transformations mapping each one into the other. In this entry, we discuss three types of geometric congruences: congruencePlanetmathPlanetmath (the usual congruence), affine congruence, and projective congruence. After discussing congruence, we will briefly discuss congruence in Non-Euclidean geometry before moving on to affine congruence.

Euclidean Congruence

In the usual Euclidean space, these rigid motionsMathworldPlanetmath are translationsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath, rotations, and reflections (and of course compositions of them).

In a less formal sense, saying two constructs are congruent amounts to saying that the two constructs are essentially “the same” under the geometryMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath that is being used.

The following are criteria that indicate that two given trianglesMathworldPlanetmath are congruent:

  • SSS. If two triangles have their corresponding sides equal, they are congruent.

  • SAS. If two triangles have two corresponding sides equal as well as the angle between them, the triangles are congruent.

  • ASA. If two triangles have 2 pairs of corresponding angles equal, as well as the side between them, the triangles are congruent.

  • AAS. (Also known as SAA.) If two triangles have 2 pairs of corresponding angles equal, as well as a pair of corresponding sides which is not in between them, the triangles are congruent.

Congruence in Non-Euclidean Geometry

Note that the criteria listed above are also valid in hyperbolic geometry (and therefore in neutral geometry). Also note that AAS is not valid in spherical geometry, but all of the other criteria are. On the other hand, in both hyperbolic geometry and spherical geometry, AAA is a criterion that indicates that two given triangles are congruent.

Affine Congruence

Two geometric figures in an affine spacePlanetmathPlanetmath are affine congruent if there is an affine transformation mapping one figure to another. Since lengths and angles are not preserved by affine transformations, the class of specific geometric configurationsPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath is wider than that of the class of the same geometric configuration under Euclidean congruence. For example, all triangles are affine congruent, whereas Euclidean congruent triangles are confined only to those that are SSS, SAS, or ASA. Another example is found in the class of ellipsesMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath, which contains ellipses of all sizes and shapes, including circles. However, in Euclidean congruence, circles are only congruent to circles of the same radius.

Projective Congruence

Two geometric figures in a projective space are projective congruent if there is a projective transformation mapping one figure to another. Here, we find the class of congruent objects of a geometric shape even wider than the class of congruent objects of the same geometric shape under affine congruence. For example, the class of all conic sections are projectively congruent, so a circle is projectively the same as an ellipse, as a parabolaMathworldPlanetmath, and as a hyperbolaMathworldPlanetmath. Of course, under affine congruence, parabola, hyperbola, and ellipse are three distinct geometric objects.

Title geometric congruence
Canonical name GeometricCongruence
Date of creation 2013-03-22 12:11:21
Last modified on 2013-03-22 12:11:21
Owner CWoo (3771)
Last modified by CWoo (3771)
Numerical id 22
Author CWoo (3771)
Entry type Definition
Classification msc 51M99
Synonym Euclidean congruent
Synonym affine congruent
Synonym projective congruent
Synonym congruent
Related topic TriangleSolving
Related topic UsingPrimitiveRootsAndIndexToSolveCongruences
Related topic NormalOfPlane
Related topic CenterNormalAndCenterNormalPlaneAsLoci
Defines SSS
Defines SAS
Defines ASA
Defines SAA
Defines AAS
Defines Euclidean congruence
Defines affine congruence
Defines projective congruence