Lines & Angles

Category : 7th Class





  •               Point: A point is a geometrical representation of a location, it is represented by a dot.
  •               Line: A line is a set of points that extends endlessly in both the directions i.e., a line has no end points.

  •               Line segment: A line segment is a part of a line. A line segment has two end points. A line segment AB is represented as AB.

  •              Ray: A ray is a part of the line which has one end point (namely its starting point).

(Here 'O' is the starting point for ray OA)

  •                Angle: An angle is the union of two rays with a common initial point.

The symbol of angle is\[\angle \]. An angle is measured in degrees\[({}^\circ )\].

The angle formed by the two rays \[\overline{AB}\] and \[\overline{AC}\] is denoted by \[\angle BAC\] or\[\angle CAB\].


The two rays \[\overline{AB}\] and \[\overline{AC}\] are called the arms and the common initial point 'A' is called the vertex of the angel ABC.

  •                 Types of Angles:

I. Right angle: An angle whose measure is equal to \[90{}^\circ \]is called a right angle.

II. Acute angle: An angle whose measure is less than \[90{}^\circ \]is called an acute angle.

III.   Obtuse angle: Angle whose measure is greater than \[90{}^\circ \]but less than \[180{}^\circ \]is called an obtuse angle.

IV. Reflex angle: An angle which is greater than \[180{}^\circ \]but less than \[360{}^\circ \]is calleda reflex angle.   

\[180<\angle BAC<360{}^\circ \]

V. Zero angle: An angle whose measure is \[0{}^\circ \]is called a zero angle.


Note: In a zero angle, the rays \[\overline{OA}\] and \[\overline{OB}\] coincide without any rotation of \[\overline{OB}\] . That is no angle is FORMED between the two rays.

VI. Straight angle: An angle whose measure is equal to \[180{}^\circ ,\]is called a straight angle.

VII. Complete angle: An angle whose measure is exactly equal to \[360{}^\circ \]is called a complete angle.


  •               Related angles:

Intersecting lines and vertically opposite angles: If two distinct lines have a common point of intersection, they are called intersecting lines. In the in the figure below, lines AB and CD (distinct lines) intersect at point '0'. Now, the two angle......

I. Vertically opposite angles: Two angles having the same vertex are said to form a pair of vertically opposite angles. Vertically opposite angles are formed when two lines intersect.

In the figure given, \[\angle AOD\] and \[\angle BOC\] are a pair of vertically opposite angles because they have common vertex at O and also OB, OA; OC, OD are two pairs of opposite rays.


Similarly, we find that \[\angle BOD\] and \[\angle AOC\] is another pair of vertically opposite angles.

II. Complementary angles: Two angles are said to be complementary if the sum of their measures is equal to \[90{}^\circ .\]

Here \[\angle x+\angle y=90{}^\circ ,\]therefore \[\angle x\] and \[\angle y\]are complementary angles.

III. Supplementary angles: Two angles are said to be supplementary if the sum of their measures is equal to \[180{}^\circ .\]

Here, \[\angle x+\angle y=180{}^\circ ,\]therefore \[\angle x\] and \[\angle y\] are supplementary angles.

IV. Adjacent angles: Angles having a common vertex, a common arm and the non- common arms lying on either side of the common arm are called adjacent angles.

In the given figure, \[\angle AOB\] and \[\angle BOC\] have a common vertex '0', a common arm OB and non - common arms, \[\overline{OA}\] and \[\overline{OC}\] are on opposite sides of \[\overline{OB}\], so these are adjacent angles. Also, by the same logic, complementary angle are adjacent angle. Similarly, pair of supplementary angle are adjacent.

V. Linear pair of angles: Two adjacent angles make a linear pair of angles, if the non- common arms of these angle form two opposite rays (with same end point).

In the figure given, the \[\angle BAC\] and \[\angle DAC\] form a linear pair of angles because the non-common arms AB and AD of the two angles are the opposite rays, with the same vertex A.

Moreover, \[\angle BAC+\angle DAC=180{}^\circ \]


1. A linear pair is always supplementary.

2. A linear pair of angles is always adjacent while a pair of adjacent angles need not be a linear pair.



  •              Perpendicular lines: If two lines \[l\] and m intersect at right angles, they are called perpendicular lines, denoted as \[l\bot m,\] and read as \[l\] is perpendicular to m.


  •              Parallel lines: Two lines \[l\] and m are said to be parallel, if they lie in the same plane and do not intersect when produced however far on either side. It is written as \[l//m\] and this is read as \[l\] is parallel to m.

  •               Transversal: A line't' which intersects two or more lines at distinct points is called a transversal.

In the above figure 't' is a transversal to the lines a and b.



  •               Angles made by a transversal:

In the figure given below, lines a and b are cut by the transversal ?t?. The eight angles marked 1 to 8 are shown as follows:


Table: 8.1

Angle type             

Angle name            


Interior angle             

\[\angle 3,\angle 4,\angle 5,\angle 6\]


Exterior angle            

\[\angle 1,\angle 2,\angle 7,\angle 8\]


Corresponding angles      

\[\angle 1\] and \[\angle 5,\]\[\angle 2\]and \[\angle 6,\] \[\angle 4\] and \[\angle 8\], \[\angle 3\] and \[\angle 7\]

Corr. angles are equal

Alternate interior angle     

\[\angle 3\] and \[\angle 5,\angle 4\] and \[\angle 6\]

Alternate angle are equal

Alternate exterior angle     

\[\angle 1\] and \[\angle 7,\angle 2\] and \[\angle 8\]

Alternate angle are equal

Interior angles on the same side of the transversal

\[\angle 4\] and \[\angle 5,\angle 3\] and \[\angle 6\]

Their sum = \[180{}^\circ \]


       Note:    (i) The F-Shape stands for Corresponding angles.

(ii) The Z- shape stands for alternate angle.

  •              Two lines are said to be parallel, when a transversal cuts these lines such that pairs of

(a) Corresponding angels are equal.

(b) Alternate interior angle are equal.

(c) Interior angles on the same side of the transversal are supplementary.

  •               Inputs for Geinus students:

In the above figure, let us draw one more transversal, \[{{t}_{2}}\] parallel to transversal\[{{t}_{1}}\].


Now, if we mentally rotate the whole figure clockwise by \[90{}^\circ \] then \[{{t}_{1}}//{{t}_{2}}\]and parallel lines 'a' and 'b' are transversal. So, we can write, Interior angles \[=\angle 2,\text{ }\angle 3,\text{ }\angle 9,\text{ }\angle 12\] (considering 'a' as transversal) on \[{{t}_{1}}\] & \[{{t}_{2}}\]

Exterior angles \[\angle 1,\angle 4,\angle 10,\angle 11\] (considering 'a' as transversal) on \[{{t}_{1}}\] & \[{{t}_{2}}\]


Elementary question for genius students

       Q.1:     Construct as table like table \[8.1\] for the above case where \[{{t}_{1}}\] and \[{{t}_{2}}\] are parallel and line 'a' is transversal to\[{{t}_{1}}\]&\[{{t}_{2}}\].

        Q.2:     Similarly construct a table with parallel lines with \[{{t}_{1}}\] & \[{{t}_{2}},\] and both lines 'a' and 'b' are transversals.


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