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# Formation of Angles by Intersecting Lines

Found in topics: Angles , Lines

## Relationship between Lines and Angles

We have learnt the basics of angles, their measures and various types of angles in the chapter Angle, its Measures and Types of Angle. As we have seen, angles are formed only when two lines intersect at some point. So, there are many more case where different types of angles are defined when lines intersect each other.
Such angles are formed by a transversal line when it intersects two or more parallel or non parallel lines.

## Vertically Opposite angles

When two straight lines intersect each other, they form four angles at the point of intersection. Out of four angles the two angles which are directly opposite to each other are called vertically opposite angles. These two vertically opposite angles are always equal.

Example of Vertically Opposite angles

Here, in the above diagram, we can see ∠AOD, ∠BOC, ∠AOC and ∠BOD are the four angles formed at point O when two lines AB and CD intersect at point O.

The angles ∠AOD and ∠BOC are directly opposite to each other, therefore they are called vertically opposite angles and ∠AOD = ∠BOC

Similarly, the angles ∠AOC and ∠BOD are also directly opposite to each other, therefore they are also called vertically opposite angles and ∠AOC = ∠BOD
Moreover, the sum of each pair of adjacent angles is alway equal to 180°.

∠AOC + ∠BOC = 180°
∠AOC + ∠AOD = 180°
∠BOC + ∠BOD = 180°
∠AOD + ∠BOD = 180°

## Exterior angles

Exterior angles are formed at points on the exterior sides of the two lines where a transversal line intersects these two lines.
Let’s understand it by an example.

Example of Exterior angles

∠1, ∠2, ∠7 and ∠8 are formed at points A and B on the exterior sides of two non parallel lines l and m respectively, when a transversal line n cuts through them. Therefore, ∠1, ∠2, ∠7 and ∠8 are called exterior angles.

## Interior angles

Interior angles are formed at points on the interior sides of the two lines where a transversal line intersects these two lines.
Let’s understand it by an example.

Example of Interior angles

∠3, ∠4, ∠5 and ∠6 are formed at points A and B on the interior sides of two non parallel lines l and m respectively, when a transversal line n cuts through them. Therefore, ∠3, ∠4, ∠5 and ∠6 are called interior angles.

## Alternate angles

Alternate angles again are formed when a transversal line cuts through two parallel or non parallel lines. These angles are a pair of angles which can exist on the interior or exterior sides of the two lines.
We can understand it more precisely with the following example.

Example of Alternate angles

Here, a transversal line n cuts thru two lines l and m and forms total of eight angles at points A and B which are:

∠1, ∠2, ∠3, ∠4, ∠5, ∠6, ∠7 and ∠8.
If we select the pairs of angles in the following way, then these pairs are the alternate angles.

∠1 and ∠7
∠2 and ∠8
∠3 and ∠6
∠4 and ∠5

Depending upon where the pair exists on the two lines l and m we can name them alternate interior angles and alternate exterior angles.
e.g. here, the pairs of alternate angles ∠1 and ∠7, ∠2 and ∠8 lie outside the lines i.e. exterior sides of the two lines, such type of alternate angles are called alternate exterior angles.

Similarly, the pairs of alternate angles ∠3 and ∠6, ∠4 and ∠5 lie inside the lines i.e. interior sides of the two lines, such type of alternate angles are called alternate interior angles.

Note

The pair of alternate angles formed with parallel lines are always equal.

In the above example, lines l and m are parallel lines. So, we can see that the following alternate angles pairs are equal
∠1 = ∠7
∠2 = ∠8
∠3 = ∠6
∠4 = ∠5

## Corresponding angles

A pair of angles is called corresponding angles in which one arm of both angles is on the same side of transversal and their other arms are directed in the same sense.
If lines l and m are parallel, then pairs of corresponding angles are equal.
Let’s understand it with the following example.

Example of Corresponding angles

So, from the above diagram, the following pair of angles are corresponding angles that are formed on two parallel lines l and m.

∠1 and ∠6
∠2 and ∠5
∠3 and ∠7
∠4 and ∠8

As said above, these pairs of angles, also called as corresponding angles, are always equal.
Therefore, we can write them as:
∠1 = ∠6
∠2 = ∠5
∠3 = ∠7
∠4 = ∠8

More, in parallel lines l and m, sum of interior angles of the same side of transversal is 180° i.e. ∠4 + ∠6 = 180°
∠3 + ∠5 = 180°

## Linear pair of angles

When sum of two adjacent angles is 180°, they are called linear pair of angles.
Or, we can say when supplementary angles formed on a straight line, those angles are called a linear pair of angles.

Example of Linear pair of angles

In the above diagram, ∠ACD + ∠BCD = 180°, therefore, they form a linear pair of angles.

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#### When a transversal cuts two lines such that a pair of alternate exterior angles are unequal then the two lines must be non parallel to each other.

Last updated on: 30-06-2024