**Similar shapes** have matching corresponding angles and corresponding sides which are in the same **ratio**.

In these two triangles, the angles match and you will notice that the second triangle has sides which are double the length of the sides of the first triangle.

The ratio of the bases is 3:6, which reduces like a fraction to 1:2.

The ratio of the heights is 7:14, which reduces like a fraction to 1:2.

**Example**

These two rectangles are similar.

Find the missing length.

**Answer**

The ratio of the bases is 4:8, which reduces to 1:2.

The big rectangle's sides are 2 times the matching sides of the small rectangle.

The missing side is 2 × 5 = **10 cm**.