GCSE Maths Geometry and Measure

Congruent Shapes

Congruent Shapes

Here we will learn about congruent shapes, including what they are and how to recognise them.

There are also congruent shapes worksheets based on Edexcel, AQA and OCR exam questions, along with further guidance on where to go next if you’re still stuck.

What are congruent shapes?

Congruent shapes are shapes that are exactly the same.

The corresponding sides are the same and the corresponding angles are the same.

To do this we need to check all the angles and all the sides of the shapes. If two shapes are congruent they will  fit exactly on top of one another. 

E.g.

These two polygons are congruent

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The red shape has been translated to give the blue shape.

E.g.

These two quadrilaterals are congruent

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The red shape has been reflected to give the blue shape.

E.g.

These two quadrilaterals are congruent

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The red shape has been rotated to give the blue shape.

E.g.

These two polygons are NOT congruent. They are similar. 

If two shapes are the same but different sizes, one being an enlargement of the other, these are known as similar shapes.  

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The red shape has been enlarged by multiplying by a scale factor to give the blue shape.

What are congruent shapes?

What are congruent shapes?

Congruent triangles

There are four conditions to be able to prove if a pair of triangles are congruent.

The four conditions are known by abbreviations:

SSS (three sides the same),

RHS (right-angled triangle, hypotenuse and a side the same),

ASA or AAS (two angles and one side the same),

SAS (side-angle-side, two sides and the included angle the same).

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E.g.

These two triangles are congruent triangles.

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They have two angles that are the same.

The side in between the angles is also equal.

The congruence condition would be angle-side-angle (which is abbreviated to ASA).

Step by step guide: Congruent triangles (coming soon)

How to recognise congruent shapes

In order to recognise congruent shapes:

  1. Check the type of 2D shape.
  2. Check the corresponding angles and corresponding sides.
  3. State if the shapes are congruent or not.

Explain how to recognise congruent shapes

Explain how to recognise congruent shapes

Congruent shapes worksheet

Congruent shapes worksheet

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Congruent shapes examples

Example 1: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 1

  1. Check the type of 2D shape.

Both shapes are rectangles.

2Check the corresponding angles and corresponding sides.

All the angles are 90^{\circ} .

The short sides on both rectangles are 1.

The long sides on both rectangles are 3.  

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3State if the shapes are congruent or not.

The shapes are the shape shape and the same size – they are congruent shapes.

Example 2: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 2

Both shapes are rectangles.

All the angles are 90^{\circ} .


The short sides on both rectangles are 2.


The long sides on both rectangles are different. 


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The shapes are both rectangles but – they are NOT congruent shapes.

Example 3: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 3

Both shapes are trapeziums.

The angles are 90^{\circ} , 45^{\circ} and 135 ^{\circ} .


They are in corresponding positions.


The lengths of the corresponding sides are different lengths.


The side lengths of the second shape are double the lengths of the first shape.


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The shapes are the same shape, but different sizes.  They are similar shapes but – they are NOT congruent shapes.

Example 4: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 4

One shape looks like a capital letter “C” and the other shape looks like a capital letter “L”.

There are lots of right angles in both shapes. 


There are lots of sides of length 1 and 3


But they are not in corresponding positions as the shapes are different shapes.

The shapes are different shapes. They are NOT congruent shapes.

Example 5: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 5

It can be tricky to see if these shapes are the same type of 2D shape. They both have 6 sides so they are irregular hexagons.

The angles are 90^{\circ}, 225^{\circ} and 135^{\circ} .


They are in corresponding positions as you go the same direction around the shapes.


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Looking at the side lengths – they are in corresponding positions as you go round the shapes in the same direction.


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The shapes are the same shape and the same size. A rotation is involved. They are congruent shapes.

Example 6: congruent shapes

Are these 2D shapes congruent?

Congruent Shapes Example 6

It can be tricky to see if these shapes are the same type of 2D shape.  They both have 6 sides so they are irregular hexagons.

There are 4 right angles in both shapes.


The two other angles are equal and are in corresponding positions as you go round the shapes.  But one in clockwise direction, one in an anticlockwise direction.


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Looking at the side lengths there are lots of sides of length 1 and 3 and a diagonal.


They are in corresponding positions as you go round the shapes. But one in clockwise direction, one in an anticlockwise direction.

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The shapes are the same shape and the same size. A rotation and a mirror image is involved. They are congruent shapes.

Common misconceptions

  • Shapes can be congruent but in different orientations

The second shape may be in a different orientation to the first shape. The shapes can still be congruent. Perhaps use tracing paper to help you check.

  • Shapes can be congruent but mirror images

The second shape may be a mirror image of the first shape. The shapes can still be congruent. Perhaps use tracing paper to help you check.

  • Use the grid lines to help you compare shapes

Some shapes on a grid can be tricky. Use the straight lines on the grid to help you identify right angles and work out the side lengths. Be careful with the diagonals.

  • In most diagrams the diagrams are NOT drawn to scale

Questions about congruent shapes are often on grids. But sometimes diagrams may have shapes which are NOT drawn to scale. So use the measurements given, rather than measuring for yourself.

Practice congruent shapes questions

1. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 1

A

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B

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C

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D

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The original shape is a rectangle with sides 1 and 4 . So has shape C.

2. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 2

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B

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C

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D

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Shape A is the same as the original shape, but has been rotated.

3. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 3

A

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B

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C

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D

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The original shape is a rectangle with sides 3 and 4. So has shape D.

4. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 4

A

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B

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C

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D

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Shape B is the same as the original shape, but is upside down.

5. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 5

A

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B

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C

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D

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Shape C is the same as the original shape, but is a reflection.

6. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes Practice Question 6

A

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B

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C

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D

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Shape C is the same as the original shape.

Congruent shapes GCSE questions

1. Which shape is congruent to shape X?

 

Congruent Shapes GCSE Question 1

 

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Shape A

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2. Which shape is congruent to shape A?

 

Congruent Shapes GCSE Question 2

 

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Shape Y

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3. Which shape is congruent to shape M?

 

Congruent Shapes GCSE Question 3

 

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Shape D

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Learning checklist

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  • What congruent shapes are
  •  How to identify congruent shapes

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