6.1: Angle Pairs
Introduction
House building and Tipis
In Mrs. Patterson’s World Cultures class the students have just started studying house building. Mrs. Patterson explained that house building doesn’t just pertain to the kinds of houses that we live in, but to houses around the world both past and present. The students are going to work on a project on a specific type of house.
Jaime is very excited. She has always been interested in Native Americans, so she has chosen to work on a tipi. Jaime selected one of the books that Mrs. Patterson brought in and began to leaf through the pages looking at all of the different types of tipis constructed.
“Tipis?” Mrs. Patterson asked looking over Jaime’s shoulder.
“Yes, I want to design and build one for part of my project,” Jaime explained.
“That’s wonderful. You will need to use a lot of math to accomplish that too,” Mrs. Patterson stated.
Jaime hadn’t thought about the math involved in building a tipi. But as she looked through the pages on designing and building tipis, she noticed that there were a lot of notes on different angles.
One of the types of angles mentioned was a complementary pair of angles. Another was a supplementary pair of angles. These angles were important to figure out when stitching the liner of the tipi together.
Jaime is puzzled. She can’t remember how to identify a complementary or a supplementary pair of angles.
This lesson is all about angle pairs and relationships. Pay close attention to the information in the lesson and at the end you will be able to help Jaime to identify these angle pairs.
What You Will Learn
In this lesson you will learn how to understand the following skills.
 Identify angle pairs as complementary, supplementary or neither.
 Identify adjacent and vertical angles formed by intersecting lines.
 Identify intersecting, parallel or perpendicular lines in a plane.
 Find measures of angle pairs using known relationships and sufficient given information.
Teaching Time
I. Identify Angle Pairs as Complementary, Supplementary or Neither
In this lesson, we will begin to examine angles that are formed by different types of lines.
An angle is measurement of the space created when lines intersect. Here is an example of the angles formed when two lines intersect. You can see that there are four angles created in this drawing and that they are labeled 1 – 4.
We have reviewed some lines and that angles are created when lines intersect. Sometimes, the way that the lines intersect can create an angle pair. This is when two special angles are formed and these angles have a special relationship. Let’s look at some angle pairs.
The two basic forms of angle pairs are called complementary and supplementary angles.
Complementary angles are two angles whose measurements add up to exactly \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*}
Supplementary angles are two angles whose measurements add up to exactly \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
Once you know how to identify the angle pairs, you will be able to classify angle pairs as supplementary, complementary or neither. Let’s look at an example.
Example
Classify the following pairs of angles as either complementary or supplementary.
Now let’s look at how we can identify the angle pairs.
First, look at the first pair of angles labeled \begin{align*}a\end{align*}
Now look at the second angle pair labeled \begin{align*}b\end{align*}
Note: The word “supplementary” or “complementary” refers to the relationship between the two angles.
Sometimes, a pair of angles will be neither complementary nor supplementary. Let’s look at an example.
The sum of these angles is \begin{align*}70^{\circ}\end{align*}
Go back and write all of the vocabulary words from this section in your notebooks. Draw a small example of each word next to its definition.
II. Identify Adjacent and Vertical Angles Formed by Intersecting Lines
When lines intersect, they create special relationships between the angles that they form. Once we understand these relationships, we can use them to find the measure of angles formed by the intersecting lines.
Adjacent angles are angles that share the same vertex and one common side. If they combine to make a straight line, adjacent angles must add up to \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
Below, angles 1 and 2 are adjacent. Angles 3 and 4 are also adjacent.
Can you see that angles 1 and 2, whatever their measurements are, will add up to \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
We can find the sums in this way.
\begin{align*}\angle{1} + \angle{2} = 180^{\circ}\\
\angle{3} + \angle{4} = 180^{\circ}\\\end{align*}
As you work through this lesson, you will find that some information leads you to other information. Here is the first example of that. Whenever adjacent angles form a straight line, they are also supplementary. The sum of their angles will be \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
Notice that when there are two angles next to each other, there are also two angles diagonally across from each other. These are called vertical angles. Vertical angles are angles that are diagonally across from each other and have the same measure.
These relationships always exist whenever any two lines intersect. Look carefully at the figures below. Understanding the four angles formed by intersecting lines is a very important concept in geometry.
Example
Identify the vertical angles and the adjacent angles in the diagram below.
First, think back to the definition of adjacent and vertical angles.
Adjacent angles are next to each other. If they form a straight line then they are supplementary angles. We can see from the diagram that angles 1 and 3 are adjacent. Angles 2 and 4 are also adjacent.
Vertical angles are diagonal from each other and have the same measure. In this case, angles 1 and 4 are vertical. Angles 2 and 3 are also vertical angles.
You will use this information again when problem solving, but now, let’s look at types of lines.
III. Identify Intersecting, Parallel and Perpendicular Lines in a Plane
In other math classes, you learned about different types of lines. Lines exist in space. Two lines intersect when they cross each other. Because all lines are straight, intersecting lines can only cross each other once.
There are parallel lines, intersecting lines and perpendicular lines. Let’s start by briefly reviewing these terms and then we can look at the angles formed when these lines intersect.
Types of Lines
Parallel Lines are lines that are an equal distance apart. This means that these lines will never intersect.
Intersecting lines are lines that cross at some point.
Perpendicular lines are lines that intersect at a \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*}
Keep all of this information in mind as we now apply what we have learned to problem solving.
IV. Find Measures of Angle Pairs using Known Relationships and Sufficient Given Information
Now that you have learned some information about angle pairs and their relationships, you can use what you have learned to find the measures of missing angles. Let’s review what we have just learned.

Supplementary angles are two angles that form a straight line, and their sum is always \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
180∘ . Complementary angles together form a right angle and have a sum of \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*}90∘ . 
Adjacent angles are next to each other. When they form a line, their sum is \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}
180∘ .  Vertical angles are directly opposite each other. They are equal.
Here is our first example.
Example
Fill in the figure below with the angle measures for all of the angles shown.
First, notice that we only have one angle to go on. This angle measures 70 degrees. However, that is enough information to figure out all of the other angles in this diagram. We can use the information that we know about angles to figure the measures of these angles out.
Let’s begin with adjacent angles. Angle \begin{align*}b\end{align*}
We can write this equation.
\begin{align*}180 = 70 + b\end{align*}
We know that \begin{align*}b\end{align*}
Next, we can work on the vertical angles. Angle \begin{align*}c\end{align*} is vertical with angle \begin{align*}b\end{align*}. Vertical angles have the same measure, so the measure of angle \begin{align*}c\end{align*} is also \begin{align*}110^{\circ}\end{align*}.
Angle \begin{align*}a\end{align*} is vertical with the \begin{align*}70^{\circ}\end{align*} given angle, we know that this one is also \begin{align*}70^{\circ}\end{align*}.
Using our known information, we have figured out the measures of all of the missing angles.
Now let’s take what we have learned and apply it to the problem from the introduction.
RealLife Example Completed
House building and Tipis
Here is the original problem once again. Reread it and then write a definition to describe both complementary and supplementary angles. There are two parts to your answer.
In Mrs. Patterson’s World Cultures class the students have just started studying house building. Mrs. Patterson explained that house building doesn’t just pertain to the kinds of houses that we live in, but to houses around the world both past and present. The students are going to work on a project on a specific type of house.
Jaime is very excited. She has always been interested in Native Americans, so she has chosen to work on a tipi. Jaime selected one of the books that Mrs. Patterson brought in and began to leaf through the pages looking at all of the different types of tipis constructed.
“Tipis?” Mrs. Patterson asked looking over Jaime’s shoulder.
“Yes, I want to design and build one for part of my project,” Jaime explained.
“That’s wonderful. You will need to use a lot of math to accomplish that too,” Mrs. Patterson stated.
Jaime hadn’t thought about the math involved in building a tipi. But as she looked through the pages on designing and building tipis, she noticed that there were a lot of notes on different angles.
One of the types of angles mentioned was a complementary pair of angles. Another was a supplementary pair of angles. These angles were important to figure out when stitching the liner of the tipi together.
Jaime is puzzled. She can’t remember how to identify a complementary or a supplementary pair of angles.
Remember there are two parts to your answer.
Solution to Real – Life Example
Jaime needs to understand the difference between complementary and supplementary angle pairs. First, notice that the word “pair” refers to two, so we are talking about two angles.
Here are the definitions.
Complementary Angles – are two angles whose sum is \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*}.
Supplementary angles – are two angles whose sum is \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}.
Complementary angles form a right angle and supplementary angles form a straight line.
Vocabulary
Here are the vocabulary words that are found in this lesson.
 Parallel lines
 lines that are an equal distance apart and will never intersect.
 Intersecting lines
 lines that cross at one point.
 Perpendicular lines
 lines that intersect at a \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*} angle and form two or more \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*} angles.
 Angle
 the measure of the space formed by two intersecting lines.
 Straight angle
 is a straight line equal to \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}.
 Angle Pairs
 the relationship formed by two angles.
 Complementary Angles
 two angles whose sum is \begin{align*}90^{\circ}\end{align*}.
 Supplementary Angles
 two angles whose sum is \begin{align*}180^{\circ}\end{align*}.
 Adjacent Angles
 angles that are next to each other.
 Vertical Angles
 angles that are diagonally across from each other.
Time to Practice
Directions: Write the definitions for the following types of lines.
 Parallel lines
 Intersecting lines
 Perpendicular lines
Directions: Answer the following questions about different types of lines.
 What is the symbol for parallel lines?
 What is the symbol for perpendicular lines?
 An intersection on a highway is an example of what type of lines?
 A four way stop is an example of what type of lines?
 Is it possible for intersecting lines to also be considered parallel or perpendicular?
Directions: If the following angle pairs are complementary, then what is the measure of the missing angle?
 \begin{align*}\angle{A}&=55^{\circ}\\ \angle{B}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{C}&=33^{\circ}\\ \angle{D}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{E}&=83^{\circ}\\ \angle{F}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{G}&=73^{\circ}\\ \angle{H}&= ?\end{align*}
Directions: If the following angle pairs are supplementary, then what is the measure of the missing angle?
 \begin{align*}\angle{A}&=10^{\circ}\\ \angle{B}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{A}&=80^{\circ}\\ \angle{B}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{C}&=30^{\circ}\\ \angle{F}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{D}&=15^{\circ}\\ \angle{E}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{M}&=112^{\circ}\\ \angle{N}&= ?\end{align*}
 \begin{align*}\angle{O}&=2^{\circ}\\ \angle{P}&= ?\end{align*}
Directions: Define the following types of angle pairs.
 Vertical angles
 Adjacent angles
 Corresponding angles
 Interior angles
 Exterior angles
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