When two rays share an endpoint, an angle is formed. Below, the rays and create angle
When referring to a specific angle, the notation is often used to name the angle. Additionally, is used to note the size or measure of an angle, which can be interpreted as the amount of turn in the rotation between the rays. It is often measured in degrees, but can also be measured in radians. An angle of shows no rotation, while an angle of shows a complete rotation.
A protractor is a tool that can be used to measure angles in degrees.
The measure of the angle below will be found using a protractor.
To determine the measure of an angle, one of its rays — it doesn't matter which — is placed along the bottom of the protractor so that it is aligned with The intersection of the rays is placed in the middle, as shown.
The ray intersects the zero on the right side of the protractor, which means the inner orientation, which increases in the counterclockwise direction, is used to determine the angle.
ConstructionCopying an Angle
An angle can be constructed as a copy of a given angle using a compass. To begin, place the sharp end of the compass at the vertex of the angle. Then, draw an arc across the rays any distance from the vertex.
Next, sketch an approximation of one of the rays — here that is the horizontal ray. Without changing the settings of the compass, position the sharp end at the endpoint of the copied ray, and draw an arc.
Next, adjust the compass to measure the distance between the rays at their points of intersection with the arc on the original angle. Keeping this measurement, align the sharp point with the arc's point of intersection with the horizontal ray on the copy. Mark this distance on the other end of the arc.
On the copy, the second ray can be drawn from the endpoint on the first ray. Draw a segment from this point through the marked position on the arc.
An angle bisector is a ray that divides an angle into two angles that have the same measure.
ConstructionBisecting an Angle
An angle can be bisected using a compass.
Start by placing the sharp end of the compass at the vertex of the angle. Draw an arc across the rays.
Next, keeping the compass set, place its sharp end at the point where one ray intersects the arc. Draw a new arc.
Do the same with the other ray, making sure this arc intersects the previous arc.
Use a ruler or a straightedge to draw a ray from the vertex through the intersection between the two arcs.
This ray is the angle bisector, and divides the angle into two angles of equal measure.
Angles that have the same measure are said to be congruent. In a figure, congruent angles are usually indicated by the same number of arcs. In the figure below, and are congruent, which can be written as
Pairs of angles can be classified in different ways depending on how their measures relate.
Two angles whose measures add to are called complementary angles.
In the figure above, is complementary to because
In the figure above, and are supplementary because
When two lines or line segments intersect, vertical angles are formed on opposite sides of the point of intersection. In the figure below, vertical angles are marked with the same number of hatch marks.
|Vertical Angles Theorem|
To prove that vertical angles are congruent, it will be shown that and in the figure below, have the same measure.
In the same way, since and are supplementary, can be expressed in another way.
By transitivity, the equations for can be set equal to each other.
By simplifying, the following equality yields.
Thus, Therefore, vertical angles are congruent.
This reasoning can be summarized in a flowchart proof.
Determine the measures of the angles
In the figure, and are complementary. Determine the measures of angles and
We'll find the measure of each angle in numerical order. Since and the marked angle are on opposite sides of a point of intersection, they form vertical angles.
Vertical angles are always congruent, so and are supplementary since, together, they form a straight angle. The measures of supplementary angles always add to equal so We know that and are complementary.
That means the sum of their measures is Thus, is In conclusion,