Lines and Angles Study Guide

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Introduction to Lines and Angles

There is geometry in the humming of the strings.

—Pythagoras (580–500 B.C.)

Let's learn the lingo of lines and angles.

Angles can be measured with a tool called the protractor.

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A line is 180 degrees and can be thought of as a perfectly flat angle.

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A ray is part of a line that has one endpoint. It extends indefinitely in one direction.

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An acute angle is less than 90°.

Acute Angle

A right angle equals 90°.

Right Angle

A straight line is 180°.

Straight Angle

An obtuse angle is greater that 90°.

Obtuse Angle

Two angles are supplementary if they add to 180°.

Supplementary Angles

Two angles are complementary if they add to 90°.

Complementary Angles

If you bisect an angle, you cut it exactly in half. This forms congruent angles, which have the same measure.

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When two lines intersect, four angles are formed. The sum of these angles is 360 degrees.

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When two lines are perpendicular to each other, their intersection forms four 90-degree angles, which are also called right angles. Right angles are identified by little boxes at the intersection of the angle's arms.

Perpendicular Lines

When lines are parallel, they never meet.

Parallel Lines

A transversal is a line that intersects two or more other lines. In the following figure, angles 1, 3, 5, and 7 are equal. Angles 2, 4, 6, and 8 are equal. Angles 1 and 7 and 2 and 8 are called alternate exterior angles.Angles 3 and 5 and 4 and 6 are called alternate interior angles.

Transversal Lines

Vertical angles are the angles across from each other that are formed by intersecting lines. Vertical lines are always equal. In the following figure, angles 1 and 3 are equal vertical angles and angles 2 and 4 are equal vertical angles.

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Find practice problems and solutions for these concepts at Lines and Angles Practice Questions.

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