Thursday, 16 April 2009

Alternate or Z angles

I have mentioned how you can identify corresponding and vertical angles but there is one other angle that I want to mention and it is a Z angle otherwise known as an alternate angle. I don't need a diagram for this as you just need to look at the Z and the two angles that are alternate are the angles formed by the horizontal lines and the connecting line. Can you see that they are equal? If you can't just play with a straw and make two bends in it. As long as you keep the two ends horizontal you will have Z angles and they will be the same.

Once you have got the hang of alternate angles and as long as you know that a straight line is 180 degrees then there is a neat way of showing that the interior angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees. See if you can work it out and I will show you next time.

That sums it up

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