What if you were given the measure of an angle and two unknown quantities that make up that angle? How would you find the values of those quantities? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to use the Angle Addition Postulate to evaluate such quantities.

### Watch This

James Sousa: Animation of Measuring Angles with a Protractor

Then look at the first part of this video.

### Guidance

An **angle** is formed when two rays have the same endpoint. The **vertex** is the common endpoint of the two rays that form an angle. The **sides** are the two rays that form an angle.

Label It |
Say It |
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\begin{align*}\angle ABC\end{align*} |
Angle \begin{align*}ABC\end{align*} |

\begin{align*}\angle CBA\end{align*} |
Angle \begin{align*}CBA\end{align*} |

The vertex is \begin{align*}B\end{align*}**Always use three letters to name an angle, \begin{align*}\angle\end{align*} ∠ SIDE-VERTEX-SIDE.**

Angles are measured with something called a ** protractor**. A protractor is a measuring device that measures how “open” an angle is. Angles are measured in degrees and are labeled with a \begin{align*}^\circ\end{align*}

There are two sets of measurements, one starting on the left and the other on the right side of the protractor. Both go around from \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

Note that if you don't line up one side with \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

Sometimes you will want to draw an angle that is a specific number of degrees. Follow the steps below to draw a \begin{align*}50^\circ\end{align*}

1. Start by drawing a horizontal line across the page, 2 in long.

2. Place an endpoint at the left side of your line.

3. Place the protractor on this point, such that the line passes through the \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

4. Remove the protractor and connect the vertex and the \begin{align*}50^\circ\end{align*}

This process can be used to draw any angle between \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

When two smaller angles form to make a larger angle, the sum of the measures of the smaller angles will equal the measure of the larger angle. This is called the **Angle Addition Postulate**. So, if \begin{align*}B\end{align*}

#### Example A

How many angles are in the picture below? Label each one.

There are three angles with vertex \begin{align*}U\end{align*}

So, the three angles can be labeled, \begin{align*}\angle XUY\end{align*}

#### Example B

Measure the three angles from Example 1, using a protractor.

Just like in Example A, it might be easier to measure these three angles if we separate them.

With measurement, we put an \begin{align*}m\end{align*}

#### Example C

What is the measure of the angle shown below?

This angle is lined up with \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

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### Guided Practice

1. What is the measure of the angle shown below?

2. Use a protractor to measure \begin{align*}\angle RST\end{align*}

3. What is \begin{align*}m \angle QRT\end{align*}

**Answers**

1. This angle is not lined up with \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

Inner scale: \begin{align*}140^\circ - 15^\circ = 125^\circ\end{align*}

Outer scale: \begin{align*}165^\circ - 40^\circ = 125^\circ\end{align*}

2. Lining up one side with \begin{align*}0^\circ\end{align*}

3. Using the Angle Addition Postulate, \begin{align*}m \angle QRT = 15^\circ + 30^\circ = 45^\circ\end{align*}

### Explore More

1. What is \begin{align*}m \angle LMN\end{align*}

2. If \begin{align*}m\angle ABD = 100^\circ\end{align*}, find \begin{align*}x\end{align*}.

For questions 3-6, determine if the statement is true or false.

- For an angle \begin{align*}\angle ABC, C\end{align*} is the vertex.
- For an angle \begin{align*}\angle ABC, \overline{AB}\end{align*} and \begin{align*}\overline{BC}\end{align*} are the sides.
- The \begin{align*}m\end{align*} in front of \begin{align*}m \angle ABC\end{align*} means measure.
- The Angle Addition Postulate says that an angle is equal to the sum of the smaller angles around it.

For 7-12, draw the angle with the given degree, using a protractor and a ruler.

- \begin{align*}55^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}92^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}178^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}5^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}120^\circ\end{align*}
- \begin{align*}73^\circ\end{align*}

For 13-16, use a protractor to determine the measure of each angle.

Solve for \begin{align*}x\end{align*}.

- \begin{align*}m\angle ADC = 56^\circ\end{align*}

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 1.5.