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Types of Angles in Maths(Acute, Right, Obtuse, Straight & Reflex)

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An angle is a combination of two rays (half-lines) with a common endpoint. The latter is known as the vertex of the angle and the rays as the sides, sometimes as the legs, and sometimes as the arms of the angle. Angle is one of the basic concepts of geometry. It is a part of every geometric figure be it triangles, quadrilaterals, or polygons and there are various types of angles.

Let’s understand the different types of angles in maths and their properties.

Types of Angles in Maths

The space formed when two rays meet each other at a common point is called an angle. Angles can be classified both on their measurement and the way they are rotated. Based on the measurement, the different types of angles in geometry are

  • Acute Angle
  • Right Angle
  • Obtuse Angle
  • Straight Angle
  • Reflex Angle
  • Full Rotation Angle
types of angles in maths
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1. Acute Angle

An angle that is less than $90^{\circ}$ is an acute angle. When two rays intersect at a vertex, forming an angle that is less than $90^{\circ}$, an acute angle is formed. 

Some examples of acute angles are $10^{\circ}$, $15^{\circ}$, $30^{\circ}$, $60^{\circ}$, $75^{\circ}$. 

The figure below shows some acute angles.

types of angles in maths

2. Right Angle

If the angle formed between two rays is exactly $90^{\circ}$ then it is called a right angle or a $90^{\circ}$ angle. 

The figure below shows a right angle or a $90^{\circ}$ angle.

types of angles in maths

3. Obtuse Angle

An angle that is greater than $90^{\circ}$ but less than $180^{\circ}$ is called an obtuse angle. Some examples of obtuse angles are $105^{\circ}$, $120^{\circ}$, $150^{\circ}$, $165^{\circ}$.

The figure below shows some obtuse angles.

types of angles in maths

4. Straight Angle

As the name suggests, a straight angle is a straight line, and the angle formed between two rays is exactly equal to $180^{\circ}$. At a straight angle, the two rays are opposite to each other. A straight angle can be formed by combining two adjacent right angles or in other words two right angles make up a straight angle. 

The figure below shows a right angle or a $180^{\circ}$ angle.

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5. Reflex Angle

An angle that is greater than $180^{\circ}$ and less than $360^{\circ}$ is called a reflex angle. 

Some examples of obtuse angles are $210^{\circ}$°, $270^{\circ}$°, $300^{\circ}$°, $325^{\circ}$°.

The figure below shows some reflex angles.

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6. Full Rotation Angle

A full rotation angle is formed when one of the arms of the angle goes on a complete rotation or makes a $360^{\circ}$. 

The figure below shows a right angle or a $360^{\circ}$ angle.

types of angles in maths

Key Takeaways

Angle TypeAngle Measure
Acute AngleGreater than $0^{\circ}$ and less than $90^{\circ}$
Right Angle$90^{\circ}$
Obtuse AngleGreater than $90^{\circ}$ and less than $180^{\circ}$
Straight Angle$180^{\circ}$
Reflex AngleGreater than $180^{\circ}$ and less than $360^{\circ}$
Full Rotation Angle$360^{\circ}$
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Practice Problems

  1. Define the following angles
  2. Acute angle
  3. Right angle
  4. Obtuse angle
  5. Straight angle
  6. Reflex angle
  7. Full rotation angle
  8. How many right angles make one straight angle?
  9. How many right angles make one full rotation angle?
  10. Write True or False
    • The sum of two acute angles cannot be an obtuse angle.
    • The sum of two obtuse angles is always an obtuse angle.
    • The sum of two acute angles cannot be a reflex angle.
    • The sum of two obtuse angles is always a reflex angle.
    • The sum of two acute angles cannot be a full rotation angle.

FAQs

What are the six different angles in geometry based on measurement?

The six different angles in geometry based on magnitude are Acute angle, Obtuse angle, Right angle, Straight angle, Reflex angle, and Full angle.

What do you mean by zero angle?

When both the arms of an angle overlap each other and measure the angle of $0^{\circ}$, then it is called the zero angle.

Is the obtuse angle and reflex angle the same?

No, an obtuse angle is different from a reflex angle because obtuse lies between $90^{\circ}$ and $180^{\circ}$ but reflex is always more than $180^{\circ}$.

What is a full rotation angle?

When the measure of an angle is equal to $360^{\circ}$, it is called a full rotation angle. A full rotation angle occurs when the other arm makes a complete rotation and returns to the base. 

Conclusion

The major basis of geometry is angles. Angles find their application in nearly all types of questions, be it trigonometry to closed shapes. Understanding angles and angle types will help in solving a lot of tricky questions.

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