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## Example Questions

### Example Question #9 : How To Find An Angle Of A Line

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In the figure above, APB forms a straight line. If the measure of angle APC is eighty-one degrees larger than the measure of angle DPB, and the measures of angles CPD and DPB are equal, then what is the measure, in degrees, of angle CPB?

**Possible Answers:**

66

33

40

50

114

**Correct answer:**

66

Let x equal the measure of angle DPB. Because the measure of angle APC is eighty-one degrees larger than the measure of DPB, we can represent this angle's measure as x + 81. Also, because the measure of angle CPD is equal to the measure of angle DPB, we can represent the measure of CPD as x.

Since APB is a straight line, the sum of the measures of angles DPB, APC, and CPD must all equal 180; therefore, we can write the following equation to find x:

x + (x + 81) + x = 180

Simplify by collecting the x terms.

3x + 81 = 180

Subtract 81 from both sides.

3x = 99

Divide by 3.

x = 33.

This means that the measures of angles DPB and CPD are both equal to 33 degrees. The original question asks us to find the measure of angle CPB, which is equal to the sum of the measures of angles DPB and CPD.

measure of CPB = 33 + 33 = 66.

The answer is 66.

### Example Question #1 : Act Math

One-half of the measure of the supplement of angle ABC is equal to the twice the measure of angle ABC. What is the measure, in degrees, of the complement of angle ABC?

**Possible Answers:**

18

54

72

90

36

**Correct answer:**

54

Let x equal the measure of angle ABC, let y equal the measure of the supplement of angle ABC, and let z equal the measure of the complement of angle ABC.

Because x and y are supplements, the sum of their measures must equal 180. In other words, x + y = 180.

We are told that one-half of the measure of the supplement is equal to twice the measure of ABC. We could write this equation as follows:

(1/2)y = 2x.

Because x + y = 180, we can solve for y in terms of x by subtracting x from both sides. In other words, y = 180 – x. Next, we can substitute this value into the equation (1/2)y = 2x and then solve for x.

(1/2)(180-x) = 2x.

Multiply both sides by 2 to get rid of the fraction.

(180 – x) = 4x.

Add x to both sides.

180 = 5x.

Divide both sides by 5.

x = 36.

The measure of angle ABC is 36 degrees. However, the original question asks us to find the measure of the complement of ABC, which we denoted previously as z. Because the sum of the measure of an angle and the measure of its complement equals 90, we can write the following equation:

x + z = 90.

Now, we can substitute 36 as the value of x and then solve for z.

36 + z = 90.

Subtract 36 from both sides.

z = 54.

The answer is 54.

### Example Question #1 : Plane Geometry

In the diagram, AB || CD. What is the value of a+b?

**Possible Answers:**

160°

60°

140°

None of the other answers.

80°

**Correct answer:**

160°

Refer to the following diagram while reading the explanation:

We know that angle b has to be equal to its vertical angle (the angle directly "across" the intersection). Therefore, it is 20°.

Furthermore, given the properties of parallel lines, we know that the supplementary angle to a must be 40°. Based on the rule for supplements, we know that a + 40° = 180°. Solving for a, we get a = 140°.

Therefore, a + b = 140° + 20° = 160°

### Example Question #2 : Act Math

In rectangle *ABCD*, both diagonals are drawn and intersect at point *E*.

Let the measure of angle *AEB* equal *x* degrees.

Let the measure of angle *BEC* equal *y* degrees.

Let the measure of angle *CED* equal *z* degrees.

Find the measure of angle *AED* in terms of *x*,* y*, and/or* z*.

**Possible Answers:**

360 – *x* + *y* + *z*

180 – *y*

180 – (*x* + *y* + *z*)

180 – 1/2(*x* + *z*)

180 – 2(*x* + *z*)

**Correct answer:**

180 – 1/2(*x* + *z*)

Intersecting lines create two pairs of vertical angles which are congruent. Therefore, we can deduce that *y* = measure of angle *AED*.

Furthermore, intersecting lines create adjacent angles that are supplementary (sum to 180 degrees). Therefore, we can deduce that *x* + *y* + *z* + (measure of angle *AED*) = 360.

Substituting the first equation into the second equation, we get

*x* + (measure of angle *AED*) + *z* + (measure of angle *AED*) = 360

2(measure of angle *AED*) + *x* + *z* = 360

2(measure of angle *AED*) = 360 – (*x* + *z*)

Divide by two and get:

measure of angle *AED* = 180 – 1/2(*x* + *z*)

### Example Question #3 : Act Math

A student creates a challenge for his friend. He first draws a square, the adds the line for each of the 2 diagonals. Finally, he asks his friend to draw the circle that has the most intersections possible.

How many intersections will this circle have?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

### Example Question #4 : Plane Geometry

Two pairs of parallel lines intersect:

If A = 135^{o}, what is 2*|B-C| = ?

**Possible Answers:**

160°

150°

170°

140°

180°

**Correct answer:**

180°

By properties of parallel lines A+B = 180^{o}, B = 45^{o}, C = A = 135^{o}, so 2*|B-C| = 2* |45-135| = 180^{o}

### Example Question #1 : Geometry

Lines and are parallel. , , is a right triangle, and has a length of 10. What is the length of

**Possible Answers:**

Not enough information.

**Correct answer:**

Since we know opposite angles are equal, it follows that angle and .

Imagine a parallel line passing through point . The imaginary line would make opposite angles with & , the sum of which would equal . Therefore, .

### Example Question #1 : Plane Geometry

If measures , which of the following is equivalent to the measure of the supplement of ?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

When the measure of an angle is added to the measure of its supplement, the result is always 180 degrees. Put differently, two angles are said to be supplementary if the sum of their measures is 180 degrees. For example, two angles whose measures are 50 degrees and 130 degrees are supplementary, because the sum of 50 and 130 degrees is 180 degrees. We can thus write the following equation:

Subtract 40 from both sides.

Add to both sides.

The answer is .

### Example Question #1 : Geometry

In the following diagram, lines and are parallel to each other. What is the value for ?

**Possible Answers:**

It cannot be determined

**Correct answer:**

When two parallel lines are intersected by another line, the sum of the measures of the interior angles on the same side of the line is 180°. Therefore, the sum of the angle that is labeled as 100° and angle y is 180°. As a result, angle y is 80°.

Another property of two parallel lines that are intersected by a third line is that the corresponding angles are congruent. So, the measurement of angle x is equal to the measurement of angle y, which is 80°.

### Example Question #8 : Plane Geometry

The measure of the supplement of angle A is 40 degrees larger than twice the measure of the complement of angle A. What is the sum, in degrees, of the measures of the supplement and complement of angle A?

**Possible Answers:**

140

190

50

40

90

**Correct answer:**

190

Let A represent the measure, in degrees, of angle A. By definition, the sum of the measures of A and its complement is 90 degrees. We can write the following equation to determine an expression for the measure of the complement of angle A.

A + measure of complement of A = 90

Subtract A from both sides.

measure of complement of A = 90 – A

Similarly, because the sum of the measures of angle A and its supplement is 180 degrees, we can represent the measure of the supplement of A as 180 – A.

The problem states that the measure of the supplement of A is 40 degrees larger than twice the measure of the complement of A. We can write this as 2(90-A) + 40.

Next, we must set the two expressions 180 – A and 2(90 – A) + 40 equal to one another and solve for A:

180 – A = 2(90 – A) + 40

Distribute the 2:

180 - A = 180 – 2A + 40

Add 2A to both sides:

180 + A = 180 + 40

Subtract 180 from both sides:

A = 40

Therefore the measure of angle A is 40 degrees.

The question asks us to find the sum of the measures of the supplement and complement of A. The measure of the supplement of A is 180 – A = 180 – 40 = 140 degrees. Similarly, the measure of the complement of A is 90 – 40 = 50 degrees.

The sum of these two is 140 + 50 = 190 degrees.

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