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Vertical Angles

Two congruent, non-adjacent angles formed by intersecting lines.

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Vertical Angles

Vertical Angles

Vertical angles are two non-adjacent angles formed by intersecting lines. and are vertical angles and and are vertical angles.

The Vertical Angles Theorem states that if two angles are vertical angles, then they are congruent.

What if you were given two angles of unknown size and were told they are vertical angles? How would you determine their angle measures?

 

Examples

Example 1

Find the value of  .

Vertical angles are congruent, so set the angles equal to each other and solve for .

Example 2

Find the value of  .

 

Vertical angles are congruent, so set the angles equal to each other and solve for .

Example 3

Find .

is vertical angles with , so .

Example 4

If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?

Vertical angles are congruent, so set the angles equal to each other and solve for . Then go back to find the measure of each angle.

So,

Example 5

True or false: vertical angles are always less than .

This is false, you can have vertical angles that are more than . Vertical angles are less than .

Review

Use the diagram below for exercises 1-2. Note that .

  1. Name one pair of vertical angles.
  1. If , find .

For exercise 3, determine if the statement is true or false.

  1. Vertical angles have the same vertex.
  1. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  2. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  3. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  4. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  5. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  6. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?
  7. If and are vertical angles and and , what is the measure of each angle?

Review (Answers)

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 1.10. 

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Vocabulary

Vertical Angles

Vertical angles are a pair of opposite angles created by intersecting lines.

Vertical Angles Theorem

The Vertical Angles Theorem states that if two angles are vertical, then they are congruent.

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