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8.4: Adjacent and Vertical Angles

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Let's Think About It

Tania is working for a local fair. She has to help her coworkers assemble miniature replicas of the Ferris wheel. The replicas will be given to every 50th kid who rides on the Ferris wheel. As she is assembling the replicas, she notices a pattern with the angles. She notices that she can predict the measure of the angles that are across from each other. If one of the angles is 30o, what is the measure of the angle across from it?

In this concept, you will learn about the relationships among angles formed by intersecting lines.

Guidance

Intersecting lines form angles.

Adjacent angles are angles that share the same vertex and one common side. If they combine to make a straight line, their measures must add up to 180. Below, angles 1 and 2 are adjacent. Angles 3 and 4 are also adjacent. Adjacent angles can also be thought of as “next to” each other.

Angles 1 and 2 form a straight line, so their measurements will add up to 180. This is true for angles 3 and 4, because they also form a line. But that’s not all. Angles 1 and 4 also form a line. So do angles 2 and 3. These are also pairs of adjacent angles. Let’s see how this works with angle measurements.

The sum of each angle pair is 180

This pattern of adjacent angles forms whenever two lines intersect. Notice that the two angles measuring 110 are diagonal from each other, and the two angles measuring 70 are diagonal from each other. This is the other special relationship among pairs of angles formed by intersecting lines. These angle pairs are called vertical angles. Vertical angles are always equal. 

Let's look at an example.

Identify all of the pairs of adjacent angles and the two pairs of vertical angles in the figure below.

Angles Q and R are next to each other and together make a straight angle along line n. What about T and S? They also sit together along line n. Both are adjacent pairs.

Now let’s look at line m. Angles Q and T make a straight angle along line m, and so do angles S and R. All four of these pairs are adjacent.

Angles Q and S are opposite of each other so they are vertical angles. Angles T and R, the small angles, are also opposite each other. Therefore they are the other pair of vertical angles.

The measure of one angle can be used to find the measure of the second angle.

Find the measure of angle B below.

One angle measures 50o, now let's find the measure of angle B.

First, determine how these two angles are related.

The two angles are opposite of each other.

Next, decide if the angles are adjacent or vertical.

The two angles are vertical angles.

Then, use the relationship to determine the value of angle B.

Angle B is 50o.

The answer is that angle B=50o.

Here is another example.

Find the measure of Q below.

Find how the known angle and the unknown angle are related. This time angle Q is not opposite the known angle. It is adjacent, because together they form a straight line. Adjacent angles add up to 180. Let's use the measure of the known angle to solve for angle Q.

138+QQQ=180=180138=42

The answer is that angle Q must be 42.

Guided Practice

Solve the following problem.

Two lines intersect. One vertical angle has a measure of 45 . What is the measure of the angle adjacent to it?

First, note the relationship between the two angles.

The angles are adjacent and form a straight line.

Next, set up an equation.

Unknown angle + 45o=180o

Then solve for the unknown angle.

Unknown angle =180o45o=135

The answer is that the adjacent angle has a measure of 135o.

Examples

Example 1

Two adjacent angles form a straight line. If one of the angles is 105o, what is the measure of the other angle?

First, note the relationship between the two angles.

The angles are adjacent.

Next, set up an equation.

Other angle +105o=180o

Then, solve for the missing angle.

Other angle = 180o105o=75o

The answer is that the other angle measures 75o.

Example 2

Angle B and angle C are vertical angles. If angle B is 50o, what is the measure of angle C?

First, note the relationship between the two angles.

The angles are vertical.

Next, state the relationship between vertical angles.

Vertical angles are equal.

Then, write out the answer.

Angle C=50o

The answer is that the measure of angle \begin{align*}C\end{align*}C is \begin{align*}50^o\end{align*}.

Example 3

Angle \begin{align*}A\end{align*} and angle \begin{align*}D\end{align*} are adjacent angles that form a straight line. If angle \begin{align*}A\end{align*} measures \begin{align*}37^o\end{align*}, what is the measure of angle \begin{align*}D\end{align*}?

First, note the relationship between the two angles.

The angles are adjacent and form a straight line.

Next, set up an equation.

\begin{align*}37^o + D = 180^o\end{align*}

Then solve for the missing angle.

 \begin{align*}D = 180^o - 37^o = 143^o\end{align*}

The answer is that angle \begin{align*}D\end{align*} measures \begin{align*}143^o\end{align*}.

Follow Up

Remember Tania's replica of the Ferris wheel? If one of the angles is \begin{align*}30^o\end{align*} , what is the measure of the vertical angle?

First, note the relationship between the two angles.

The angles are vertical.

Next, state the relationship between vertical angles.

Vertical angles are equal.

Then, write out the answer.

The vertical angle is \begin{align*}30^o\end{align*}.

The answer is that the measure of vertical angle is  \begin{align*}30^o\end{align*} .

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