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Angle Measures in Given Quadrilaterals

Find missing angle measures of quadrilaterals given a sum of 360 degrees.

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Ivonne is a farmer. She plants a rhombus-shaped section of corn each year. This year, she has decided to check the angles at each vertex of the corn. She determines that one angle is 110 degrees and the another angle is 70 degrees. Her daughter tells her that she can determine the other angle measures without walking around to them. What are the other angle measures?

In this concept, you will learn how to work with the angle measures of a quadrilateral.

Measuring Angles in Quadrilaterals

Let's look at a square.

 

A square has four right angles. Each right angle is \begin{align*}90^\circ\end{align*}90. You can add up the sum of the interior angles of a square and see how this is related to all quadrilaterals.

\begin{align*}90 + 90 + 90 + 90 = 360^\circ\end{align*}90+90+90+90=360

The sum of the interior angles of all quadrilaterals is \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*}360.

You can use this information to find the measure of missing angles.

Write an equation using the variable and given measurements and figure out the measure of the missing angle.

\begin{align*}80 + 75 + 105 + x & = 360 \\ 260 + x & = 360 \\ 360 - 260 & = x \\ 100 & = x\end{align*}80+75+105+x260+x360260100=360=360=x=x

The missing angle is equal to \begin{align*}100^\circ\end{align*}100.

Use this information to help you when figuring out missing angle measures in different quadrilaterals.

Also, you can draw specific quadrilaterals using a ruler and a protractor. Use the protractor to be sure that your work is accurate. This is especially important when drawing squares or rectangles or any figure with a right angle.

Start by using a protractor to draw in each of the four right angles. By using a ruler and a protractor, your lines will be straight and we will be able to determine that we have drawn the square correctly.

Drawing it freehand may seem easier, but it does not assure accuracy! The best way to be sure that your work is accurate is to use a protractor and a ruler.

Here is the first angle of a square. Now turn the protractor upside down and draw the other angle.

Here is the final figure.

 

Examples

Example 1

Earlier, you were given a problem about Ivonne and her rhombus-shaped field of corn.

Ivonne knows that one of the angles of the field is 110 degrees and a different angle is 80 degrees. What are the other angle measures?

First, note the properties of angles in a rhombus.

Opposite sides are congruent

Next, list all of the angle values.

80, 80, 110, and 110

Then, state the other angle measures.

80 and 110

The answer is 80 degrees and 110 degrees.

Example 2

A quadrilateral has the following angle measures: 130, 80 and 95. What is the measure of the missing angle?

First, write an equation.

 \begin{align*}130 + 80 + 95 + x = 360\end{align*}130+80+95+x=360

Then, solve for the missing angle.

55

The answer is 55 degrees.

Example 3

If one angle of a rectangle is 90 degrees, what are the measures of the other three angles?

First, remember the angle rules for a rectangle.

All of the angles are 90 degrees

Then, state the measures of the other angles,

90 degrees

The answer is 90 degrees.

Example 4

A quadrilateral has the following angle measures: 105, 90 and 88. What is the measure of the missing angle?

First, write an equation.

\begin{align*}105 + 90 + 88 + x = 360\end{align*}105+90+88+x=360

Then, solve for the missing angle.

77

The answer is 77 degrees.

Example 5

A parallelogram has two congruent angles that are both 85 degrees. The other two angles are congruent. What is the measure of each missing angle?

First, write an equation.

 \begin{align*}85 + 85 + x + x = 360\end{align*}85+85+x+x=360

Next, simplify the equation.

 \begin{align*}170 + 2x = 360\end{align*}170+2x=360

Then, solve for the missing angle.

 \begin{align*}2x = 190\end{align*}2x=190

 \begin{align*}x = 95\end{align*}x=95

The answer is 95 degrees.

Review

Answer each of the following questions about quadrilaterals.

  1. True or false. A quadrilateral will always have only four sides.
  2. The interior angles of a quadrilateral add up to be _________ degrees.
  3. A square will have four ___________ degree angles.
  4. A rectangle will have four ___________ degree angles.
  5. True or false. A rhombus will also always have four right angles.
  6. If the sum of three of the angles of a quadrilateral is equal to \begin{align*}300^\circ\end{align*}300, it means that the measure of the missing angle is ____________.

What is the value of \begin{align*}x\end{align*}x?

  1. What are all four angles of this rectangle equal to?

  1. If the sum of the interior angles of a quadrilateral is equal to \begin{align*}360^\circ\end{align*}360, how many triangles can you draw inside a quadrilateral?
  2. How many degrees are in a triangle?
  3. Write an equation to show how the angles of the two triangles are equal to 360 degrees.

Identify the following figures.

Review (Answers)

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 9.11. 

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Vocabulary

TermDefinition
Congruent Congruent figures are identical in size, shape and measure.
Parallel Two or more lines are parallel when they lie in the same plane and never intersect. These lines will always have the same slope.
Parallelogram A parallelogram is a quadrilateral with two pairs of parallel sides.
Quadrilateral A quadrilateral is a closed figure with four sides and four vertices.
Rectangle A rectangle is a quadrilateral with four right angles.
Rhombus A rhombus is a quadrilateral with four congruent sides.
Square A square is a polygon with four congruent sides and four right angles.
Trapezoid A trapezoid is a quadrilateral with exactly one pair of parallel opposite sides.

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