There are many notations for angles. The most common form is , read "angle ABC", where are points on the sides of the angle and is the vertex of the angle. Note that the same angle can be denoted many different ways by choosing different points along the side of the angle. If there is no ambiguity, this notation can be shortened to simply .
If two angles are congruent, they have the same angle measure.
- A straight angle is an angle formed by a pair of opposite rays, or a line. A straight angle has a measure of .
- A right angle is an angle that is supplementary to itself. A right angle has a measure of .
- An acute angle has a measure greater than zero but less than that of a right angle, i.e. is acute if and only if .
- An obtuse angle has a measure greater than that of a right angle but less than that of a straight angle, i.e. is obtuse if and only if .
- A reflex angle is an angle with measure greater than a straight angle, but less than 360 degrees, or radians.
Angle chasing is a technique where solvers apply angle properties determine the measures of unknown angles. It is commonly used in geometry problems.
Properties Used in Angle Chasing
- Two angles that are complementary add to . Two angles that are supplementary add to . Supplementary angles can be found when two lines intersect each other.
- Vertical angles are congruent to each other.
- Parallel lines can create equal or supplementary angles.
- An angle bisector splits an angle into two congruent angles. For instance, if is bisected by , then .
- If side lengths are known, the angle bisector theorem can be used to determine that a line bisects an angle.
- If angles are founded in a polygon, one can use angle formulas to find the unknown angle.
- If two polygons are congruent, corresponding angles are congruent.
- If angles are found in a circle, one can use angle properties and arc measure.
- Finding cyclic quadrilaterals can be a useful strategy in angle chasing since angles opposite with each other are supplementary.