1.1: Visualizing Angles
Use the applet to answer the questions.
- Which angle is bigger, \(a\) or \(b\)?
- Identify an obtuse angle in the diagram.
1.2: Pattern Block Angles
- Look at the different pattern blocks inside the applet. Each block contains either 1 or 2 angles with different degree measures. Which blocks have only 1 unique angle? Which have 2?
If you place three copies of the hexagon together so that one vertex from each hexagon touches the same point, as shown, they fit together without any gaps or overlaps. Use this to figure out the degree measure of the angle inside the hexagon pattern block.
- Figure out the degree measure of all of the other angles inside the pattern blocks. (Hint: turn on the grid to help align the pieces.) Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
We saw that it is possible to fit three copies of a regular hexagon snugly around a point.
Each interior angle of a regular pentagon measures \(108^\circ\). Is it possible to fit copies of a regular pentagon snugly around a point? If yes, how many copies does it take? If not, why not?
1.3: More Pattern Block Angles
Use pattern blocks to determine the measure of each of these angles.
- If an angle has a measure of \(180^\circ\) then the two legs form a straight line. An angle that forms a straight line is called a straight angle. Find as many different combinations of pattern blocks as you can that make a straight angle.
Use the applet if you choose. (Hint: turn on the grid to help align the pieces.)
1.4: Measuring Like This or That
Tyler and Priya were both measuring angle \(TUS\).
When two lines intersect and form four equal angles, we call each one a right angle. A right angle measures \(90^\circ\). You can think of a right angle as a quarter turn in one direction or the other.
An angle in which the two sides form a straight line is called a straight angle. A straight angle measures \(180^\circ\). A straight angle can be made by putting right angles together. You can think of a straight angle as a half turn, so that you are facing in the opposite direction after you are done.
If you put two straight angles together, you get an angle that is \(360^\circ\). You can think of this angle as turning all the way around so that you are facing the same direction as when you started the turn.
When two angles share a side and a vertex, and they don't overlap, we call them adjacent angles.
- adjacent angles
Adjacent angles share a side and a vertex.
In this diagram, angle \(ABC\) is adjacent to angle \(DBC\).
- right angle
A right angle is half of a straight angle. It measures 90 degrees.
- straight angle
A straight angle is an angle that forms a straight line. It measures 180 degrees.