 Class 9 Figures on the Same Base and Between the Same Parallels

### Topic Coverd

• Introduction
• Figures on the Same Base and Between the Same Parallels

### Introduction

As we have seen that the study of Geometry, originated with the measurement of earth (lands) in the process of recasting boundaries of the fields and dividing them into appropriate parts.

For example, a farmer Budhia had a triangular field and she wanted to divide it equally among her two daughters and one son.

Without actually calculating the area of the field, she just divided one side of the triangular field into three equal parts and joined the two points of division to the opposite vertex.

In this way, the field was divided into three parts and she gave one part to each of her children. Do you think that all the three parts so obtained by her were, in fact, equal in area?

To get answers to this type of questions and other related problems, there is a need to have a relook at areas of plane figures, which you have already studied in earlier classes.

You may recall that the part of the plane enclosed by a simple closed figure is called a planar region corresponding to that figure.

The magnitude or measure of this planar region is called its area. This magnitude or measure is always expressed with the help of a number (in some unit) such as color{green}(5\ \ cm^2, 8\ \ m^2, \ \ 3) hectares etc.

So, we can say that area of a figure is a number (in some unit) associated with the part of the plane enclosed by the figure.

We are also familiar with the concept of congruent figures from earlier classes and from Chapter 7. Two figures are called congruent, if they have the same shape and the same size.

In other words, if two figures A and B are congruent (see Fig. 9.1) , then using a tracing paper, you can superpose one figure over the other such that it will cover the other completely. So if two figures A and B are congruent, they must have equal areas.

However, the converse of this statement is not true. In other words, two figures having equal areas need not be congruent.
For example, in Fig. 9.2, rectangles ABCD and EFGH have equal areas color{green}(9 × 4\ \ cm2 \ \ "and" \ \ 6 × 6\ \ cm^2)) but clearly they are not congruent. Now let us look at Fig. 9.3 given below: You may observe that planar region formed by figure T is made up of two planar regions formed by figures P and Q. You can easily see that

color{blue}("Area of figure T = Area of figure P + Area of figure Q.")

You may denote the area of figure A as ar(A), area of figure B as ar(B), area of figure T as ar(T), and so on. Now you can say that area of a figure is a number (in some unit) associated with the part of the plane enclosed by the figure with the following two properties:

(1)bb"If A and B are two congruent figures, then ar(A) = ar(B);"

(2)bb" if a planar region formed by a figure T is made up of two non-overlapping planar "
bb"regions formed by figures P and Q, then ar(T) = ar(P) + ar(Q)."

You are also aware of some formulae for finding the areas of different figures such as rectangle, square, parallelogram, triangle etc, from your earlier classes.

Here, attempt shall be made to consolidate the knowledge about these formulae by studying some relationship between the areas of these geometric figures under the condition when they lie on the same base and between the same parallels.

This study will also be useful in the understanding of some results on ‘similarity of triangles’.

### Figures on the Same Base and Between the Same Parallels

color{blue}("Look at the following figures:")

In Fig. 9.4(i), trapezium ABCD and parallelogram EFCD have a common side DC. We say that trapezium ABCD and parallelogram EFCD are on the same base DC.

Similarly, in Fig. 9.4 (ii), parallelograms PQRS and MNRS are on the same base SR; in Fig. 9.4(iii), triangles ABC and DBC are on the same base BC and in Fig. 9.4(iv), parallelogram ABCD and triangle PDC are on the same base DC.

color{green}("Now look at the following figures:") In Fig. 9.5(i), clearly trapezium ABCD and parallelogram EFCD are on the same base DC. In addition to the above, the vertices A and B (of trapezium ABCD) opposite to base DC and the vertices E and F (of parallelogram EFCD) opposite to base DC lie on a line AF parallel to DC. We say that trapezium ABCD and parallelogram EFCD are on the same base DC and between the same parallels AF and DC.

Similarly, parallelograms PQRS and MNRS are on the same base SR and between the same parallels PN and SR [see Fig.9.5 (ii)] as vertices P and Q of PQRS and vertices M and N of MNRS lie on a line PN parallel to base SR.

In the same way, triangles ABC and DBC lie on the same base BC and between the same parallels AD and BC [see Fig. 9.5 (iii)] and parallelogram ABCD and triangle PCD lie on the same base DC and between the same parallels AP and DC [see Fig. 9.5(iv)]. So, two figures are said to be on the same base and between the same parallels, if they have a common base (side) and the vertices (or the vertex) opposite to the common base of each figure lie on a line parallel to the base.

Keeping in view the above statement, you cannot say that DeltaPQR and DeltaDQR of Fig. 9.6(i) lie between the same parallels l and QR. Similarly, you cannot say that parallelograms EFGH and MNGH of Fig. 9.6(ii) lie between the same parallels EF and HG and that parallelograms ABCD and EFCD of Fig. 9.6(iii) lie between the same parallels AB and DC (even though they have a common base DC and lie between the parallels AD and BC).

So, it should clearly be noted that out of the two parallels, one must be the line containing the common base.Note that DeltaABC and DeltaDBE of Fig. 9.7(i) are not on the common base. Similarly, DABC and parallelogram PQRS of Fig. 9.7(ii) are also not on the same base.  