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Corresponding Angles Postulate and its Converse

In geometry, pairs of angles can relate to each other in several ways.

In these lessons, we will learn
  • about Corresponding Angles
  • the Corresponding Angle Postulate
  • Converse of the Corresponding Angle Postulate
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What are Corresponding Angles?

A transversal is a straight line that crosses two or more straight lines. In this lesson, we will focus on transversals that cross two or more parallel lines.


When a line (called a transversal) intersects a pair of parallel lines, corresponding angles are formed. Corresponding angles are angles that are in the same relative position at an intersection of a transversal and at least two lines. If the two lines are parallel then the corresponding angles are congruent.

corresponding angles
How to find corresponding angles?

One way to find the corresponding angles is to draw a letter F on the diagram. The letter F can also be facing the other way.

In the above diagram, d and h are corresponding angles.

The other corresponding pairs of angles in the above diagram are:

            b and f ; c and g ; a and e.

(Corresponding angles found in a F-shaped figure)
F-shaped corresponding angles


In the following diagram, all the lines shown are straight lines. Line m is parallel to line n. List a pair of corresponding angle.


d and h are corresponding angles.

What is the Corresponding Angle Postulate?

The Corresponding Angle Postulate states that

When a transversal intersects two parallel lines, the corresponding angles are equal.

A postulate does not need to be proved, but is assumed to be self-evident and true.

The following video explains more about corresponding angles:
How to define corresponding angles and their properties

How to Find an Angle Using Corresponding Angles?
Corresponding angles are angles that are on the same side of the parallel lines, and on the same side of the transversal. A transversal is a line passes through the two parallel lines.
How to use corresponding angles to find the values of different angles?
Example: In the diagram below, line s is parallel to line t, and line r is a transversal? What is the measure of angle x?

What is the Converse of the Corresponding Angle Postulate?

The converse of the corresponding angle postulate states that

If two lines and a transversal form corresponding angles that are congruent then the two lines are parallel.

How to use the converse of corresponding angles postulate to prove lines are parallel?
Proof by contradiction that corresponding angle equivalence implies parallel lines


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