In geometry, there are various types of angles, based on measurement. The names of basic angles are Acute angle, Obtuse angle, Right angle, Straight angle, reflex angle and full rotation. An angle is geometrical shape formed by joining two rays at their end-points. An angle is usually measured in degrees.
There are various types of angles in geometry. Angles form the core part of the geometry in mathematics. They are the fundamentals that eventually lead to the formation of the more complex geometrical figures and shapes.
What are Angles
When two rays combine with a common endpoint and the angle is formed. The two components of an angle are “sides” and “vertex”. The side can be categorized into terminal sides and initial sides (or vertical sides) as shown in the image below.
These two rays can combine in multiple fashions to form the different types of angles in mathematics. Let us begin by studying these different types of angles in geometry.
Parts of Angle
- Vertex – Point where the arms meet.
- Arms – Two straight line segments form a vertex.
- Angle – If a ray is rotated about its endpoint, the measure of its rotation is called angle between its initial and final position.
Classification of Angles
Angles can be classified into two main types:
- Based on Magnitude
- Based on Rotation
Six Types of Angles
In Maths, there are mainly 5 types of angles based on their direction. These five angle types are the most common ones used in geometry. These are:
- Acute Angles
- Obtuse Angles
- Right Angles
- Straight Angles
- Reflex Angles
- Full Rotation
The images above illustrate certain types of angles.
An acute angle lies between 0 degree and 90 degrees, or in other words; an acute angle is one that is less than 90 degrees. The figure above illustrates an acute angle.
An obtuse angle is the opposite of an acute angle. It is the angle which lies between 90 degrees and 180 degrees or in other words; an obtuse angle is greater than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees. The figure above illustrates an obtuse angle.
A right angle is always equal to 90 degrees. Any angle less than 90 degrees is an acute angle whereas any angle greater than 90 degrees is an obtuse angle. The figure above illustrates a right angle or a 90-degree angle.
A straight angle is 180 degrees when measured. The figure above illustrates a straight angle or a 180-degree angle. You can see that it is just a straight line because the angle between its arms is 180 degrees.
Since this measurement is less than 90 degrees, the arms form an acute angle. But what about the angle on the other side? What is the larger angle that is complementary to the acute angle called? It is called a reflex angle. The image below illustrates a reflex angle.
Any angle that has a measure which is greater than 180 degrees but less than 360 degrees (which coincides with 0 degrees) is a reflex angle.
An angle equal to 360 degrees is called full rotation or full angle. It is formed when one of the arms takes a complete rotation to form an angle.
Angle Types Based on Rotation
Based on the direction of measurement or the direction of rotation, angles can be of two types:
- Positive Angles
- Negative Angles
Positive angles are those angles which are measured in a counterclockwise direction from the base. In most cases, positive angles are used to represent angles in geometry. From the origin, if an angle is drawn in the (+x, +y) plane, it forms a positive angle.
Negative angles are those angles which are measured in a clockwise direction from the base. From the origin, if an angle is drawn towards the (x, -y) plane, it forms a negative angle.
Pair of Angles
When two angles are paired, then there exist different angles, such as
Complementary and Supplementary Angles
Apart from the aforementioned types, there are two more angle types which are complementary angles and supplementary angles. If the sum of two angles is equal to 180°, then they are supplementary angles, and if the sum is equal to 90°, then they are called complementary angles.
When the non-common arms of adjacent angles are just opposite to each other, or they extend in the opposite direction, then they are called linear pairs. By linear it is clear that they form a straight line.
When two angles are connected with one common arm and have one common vertex and also the non-common arms are either side of the common arm, then they are called adjacent angles.
When two lines intersect each other at a single point (called vertex), then the angle formed on either side of the common vertex is called vertical angles or vertically opposite angles.
Angles Formed By Transversal
A line that cuts or intersects two or more lines at different points, is called a transversal. It is therefore, there are angles formed at the point of intersection. They are:
Video Lesson on Types of Angles
Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs
What are the six different angles in geometry based on measurement?
Acute angle, Obtuse angle, Right angle, Straight angle, Reflex angle and full angle
What is an acute angle in geometry? Give examples.
Examples: 30°, 45°, 60°, 85° are acute angles.