SAT II Math I : Finding Angles

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for SAT II Math I

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Finding Angles

What angle do the minute and hour hands of a clock form at 4:45?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

There are twelve numbers on a clock; from one to the next, a hand rotates . At 4:45, the minute hand is exactly on the "9" - that is, at the . The hour hand is three-fourths of the way from the "4" to the "5" - that is, on the  position. Therefore, the difference is the angle they make:

Example Question #2 : Finding Angles

What angle do the minute and hour hands of a clock form at 8:50?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

There are twelve numbers on a clock; from one to the next, a hand rotates . At 8:50, the minute hand is exactly on the "10" - that is, on the  position. The hour hand is five-sixth of the way from the "8" to the "9" - that is, on the  position. Therefore, the difference is the angle they make:

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Example Question #3 : Finding Angles

Hexagon

Note: Figure NOT drawn to scale.

The above hexagon is regular. What is ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Two of the angles of the quadrilateral formed are angles of a regular hexagon, so each measures

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The four angles of the quadrilateral are . Their sum is , so we can set up, and solve for  in, the equation:

Example Question #4 : Finding Angles

Can a triangle have a set of angles that are  and  degrees?

Possible Answers:

No

Yes

Correct answer:

No

Explanation:

A triangle's angles must add up to  degrees.  

The angles given add up to 181,

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That means that this cannot be an actual triangle.

Example Question #5 : Finding Angles

If two angles of a triangle are  and , find the measurement of the third angle.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Step 1: Recall the sum of the angles of a triangle...

The sum of the internal angles of a triangle is .

Step 2: To find the missing angle, subtract the given angles from ...

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