1.11: Angle Pair Relationships
Learning Objectives
- Define complementary angles, supplementary angles, adjacent angles, linear pairs, and vertical angles.
- Use angle pair relationships to write and solve equations
- Apply the Linear Pair Postulate and the Vertical Angles Theorem.
Complementary Angles
Two angles are complementary angles if the sum of their measures is
Complementary angles do not have to be congruent to each other. Rather, their only defining quality is that the sum of their measures is equal to the measure of a right angle:
- The measures of complementary angles add up to ___________.
Example 1
The two angles below are complementary.
Since you know that the two angles must sum to
Since the angles are complementary,
Substitute:
The measure of
Example 2
The two angles below are complementary. What is the measure of each angle?
If the angles are complementary, then their measures add up to __________.
The best way to solve this problem is to set up an equation where the two angle expressions sum to
To find the measure of each angle, you must substitute the value for
The value of
Since these two angle measures sum to
Reading Check:
1. When angles are complementary, what does their sum equal?
2. If you know that the two angles below are complementary, how would you solve for
Supplementary Angles
Two angles are supplementary if their measures sum to
Just like complementary angles, supplementary angles need not be congruent, or even touching. Their defining quality is that when their measures are added together, the sum is
- The measures of supplementary angles add up to ________________.
Example 3
The two angles below are supplementary. If
Use a variable for the unknown angle measure and then solve for the variable. In this case, let's substitute
If the angles are supplementary, then their measures add up to ____________.
So, the measure of
Linear Pairs
Before we talk about a special pair of angles called linear pairs, we need to define adjacent angles. Two angles are adjacent if they share the same vertex and one side, but they do not overlap. In the diagram below,
However,
- ____________________________ angles are next to each other: they share the same vertex and one side.
Adjacent is a word meaning “next to.”
Things that are adjacent are usually touching, and they share a border.
Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona are adjacent to California because they share a border with California.
Now we are ready to talk about linear pairs. A linear pair is two angles that are adjacent and whose non-common sides form a straight line.
In the diagram below,
- Linear pairs are angles that are next to each other along a _________________ line.
Linear pairs are so important in geometry that they have their own postulate.
Linear Pair Postulate
If two angles are a linear pair, then they are supplementary.
Example 4
The two angles below form a linear pair. What is the value of each angle?
We just learned that linear pairs are ____________________________________, so we know that they add up to
The best way to solve this problem is to set up an equation where the two angle expressions sum to
To find the measure of each angle, you must substitute the value for
The value of
\begin{align*}27 + 53 = 180\end{align*}
Since these two angle measures sum to \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}, they are supplementary.
Reading Check:
1. Fill in the blank:
Linear pairs add up to \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}. In other words, they are ________________________.
2. Find the measure of angle \begin{align*}\angle JKL\end{align*} in the picture below:
Vertical Angles
Now that you understand supplementary and complementary angles, you can examine more complicated situations.
Special angle relationships are formed when two lines intersect, and you can use your knowledge of linear pairs of angles to explore each angle further.
Vertical angles are defined as two non-adjacent angles formed by intersecting lines. In the diagram below, \begin{align*}\angle 1\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} are vertical angles. Also, \begin{align*}\angle 4\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} are vertical angles.
Vertical angles are non-______________________________, which means they are not next to each other.
Vertical angles are formed by _______________________________ lines, and as you can see in the diagram below, they are always directly across from each other at the intersection:
Suppose that you know \begin{align*}m\angle 1 = 100^\circ\end{align*}. You can use that information to find the measurement of all of the other angles.
For example, \begin{align*}\angle 1\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} must be supplementary since they are a linear pair.
So, to find \begin{align*}m\angle 2\end{align*}, subtract \begin{align*}100^\circ\end{align*} from \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}:
\begin{align*}m\angle 1 + m\angle 2 & \ = \ 180^\circ\\ 100^\circ + m\angle 2 &\ = \ 180^\circ\\ - 100^\circ{\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;\;} & \quad -100^\circ\\ m\angle 2 & \ = \ 80^\circ\end{align*}
So \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} measures \begin{align*}80^\circ\end{align*}. Knowing that angles \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} are also supplementary means that \begin{align*}m\angle 3 = 100^\circ\end{align*}, since the sum of \begin{align*}100^\circ\end{align*} and \begin{align*}80^\circ\end{align*} is \begin{align*}180^\circ\end{align*}.
If angle \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} measures \begin{align*}100^\circ\end{align*}, then the measure of angle \begin{align*}\angle 4\end{align*} must be \begin{align*}80^\circ\end{align*}, since \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 4\end{align*} are also supplementary.
Notice that angles \begin{align*}\angle 1\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} are congruent \begin{align*}(100^\circ)\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 4\end{align*} are congruent \begin{align*}(80^\circ)\end{align*}.
Vertical Angles Theorem
The Vertical Angles Theorem states that if two angles are vertical angles then they are congruent.
- Vertical angles are _____________________________ to each other.
Introduction to Proof: Proving the Vertical Angle Theorem
We can prove the Vertical Angles Theorem using a process just like the one we used above. There was nothing special about the given measure of \begin{align*}\angle 1\end{align*}.
Here is proof that vertical angles will always be congruent:
Since \begin{align*}\angle 1\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} form a linear pair, we know that they are supplementary:
\begin{align*}m\angle 1 + m\angle 2 = 180^\circ\end{align*}
For the same reason, \begin{align*}\angle 2\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\angle 3\end{align*} are supplementary: \begin{align*}m\angle 2 + m\angle 3 = 180^\circ\end{align*}
Using a substitution (they both \begin{align*}= 180^\circ\end{align*}), we can write \begin{align*}m\angle 1 + m\angle 2 = m\angle 2 + m\angle 3\end{align*}.
Finally, subtracting \begin{align*}m\angle 2\end{align*} on both sides gives us \begin{align*}m\angle 1 = m\angle 3\end{align*}.
Or, by the definition of congruent angles: \begin{align*}\angle 1 \cong \angle 3\end{align*}.
Reading Check:
1. Fill in the blank: The reason that vertical angles are congruent is that each pair of adjacent angles is a ___________________________ pair.
2. Find the measure of angle \begin{align*}\angle CAT\end{align*} in the picture below.
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