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Year 8 Interactive Maths - Second Edition


Constructing Angles of 60, 120, 30 and 90

In this section, we will consider the construction of some angles with special sizes.


Constructing a 60 Angle

We know that the angles in an equilateral triangle are all 60 in size.  This suggests that to construct a 60 angle we need to construct an equilateral triangle as described below.

Step 1:  Draw the arm PQ.
Step 2:  Place the point of the compass at P and draw an arc that passes through Q.
Step 3:  Place the point of the compass at Q and draw an arc that passes through P.  Let this arc cut the arc drawn in Step 2 at R.


Constructing a 30 Angle

We know that:

So, to construct an angle of 30, first construct a 60 angle and then bisect it. Often, we apply the following steps.

Step 1:  Draw the arm PQ.
Step 2:  Place the point of the compass at P and draw an arc that passes through Q.
Step 3:  Place the point of the compass at Q and draw an arc that cuts the arc drawn in Step 2 at R.
Step 4:  With the point of the compass still at Q, draw an arc near T as shown.
Step 5:  With the point of the compass at R, draw an arc to cut the arc drawn in Step 4 at T.
Step 6:  Join T to P.  The angle QPT is 30.


Constructing a 120 Angle

We know that:

This means that 120 is the supplement of 60.  Therefore, to construct a 120 angle, construct a 60 angle and then extend one of its arms as shown below.


Constructing a 90 Angle

We can construct a 90 angle either by bisecting a straight angle or using the following steps.

Step 1:  Draw the arm PA.
Step 2:  Place the point of the compass at P and draw an arc that cuts the arm at Q.
Step 3:  Place the point of the compass at Q and draw an arc of radius PQ that cuts the arc drawn in Step 2 at R.
Step 4:  With the point of the compass at R, draw an arc of radius PQ to cut the arc drawn in Step 2 at S.
Step 5:  With the point of the compass still at R, draw another arc of radius PQ near T as shown.
Step 6:  With the point of the compass at S, draw an arc of radius PQ to cut the arc drawn in step 5 at T.
Step 7:  Join T to P. The angle APT is 90.

Example 12

Solution:


Activity 10.3


Key Terms

constructing angles


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