# The Right Triangle Leg Leg Congruence Theorem

The Right Triangle Leg Leg Congruence Theorem is a theorem for right triangles that says if the two corresponding shorter legs of two right triangles are congruent, then the two triangles are congruent. For instance, if the length of the shorter legs of the two triangles is 5, and the other leg is 12, then we are sure that the two triangles are congruent. Yes, they are in fact the triangles with side lengths 5, 12 and 13.

Theorem

Given two triangles $latex MNO$ and $latex PQR$ right angled at $latex N$ and $latex Q$ respectively.  If $latex \overline{MN} \cong \overline{NQ}$and $latex \overline{NO} \cong \overline{QR}$, then triangle $latex MNO$ is congruent to triangle $latex PQR$. Proof

$latex \overline{MN} \cong \overline{NQ}$ (Given)

$latex \angle MNO \cong \angle PQR$ (All right angles are congruent, Postulate 4).

$latex \overline{NO} \cong \overline{QR}$ (Given)

Therefore, by SAS Triangle congruence, triangle $latex MNO$ and triangle $latex PQR$ are congruent.

Note that the Leg Leg Congruence Theorem is also related to the Hypotenuse-Leg Theorem.

# Proving the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem Using SAS Congruence

In the previous post, we have proved the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem using reflection. In this post, we prove the same theorem using SAS Congruence. Theorem

If a point is on the perpendicular bisector of a segment, then it is equidistant from the endpoints of the segment. Continue reading