In these lessons, we will learn

- about exterior angles of triangles
- how to find the unknown exterior angle of a triangle
- how to prove that the sum of exterior angles of a triangle is 360°

The following diagrams give the theorems involving the exterior angles of triangles. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions.

An **exterior angle of a triangle** is formed by any side of a triangle and the extension of its adjacent side.

The **Exterior Angle Theorem** states that

*An exterior angle of a triangle is equal to the sum of the two opposite interior angles. *

**Example : **

Find the values of *x* and *y* in the following triangle.

* Solution: *

* x* + 50° = 92° (sum of opposite interior angles = exterior angle)

* x* = 92° – 50° = 42°

* y* + 92° = 180° (interior angle + adjacent exterior angle = 180°.)

* y * = 180° – 92° = 88°

The angles on a straight line add up to 180°.

The interior angles of a triangle add up to 180°

An exterior angle of a triangle is formed when any side is extended outwards.

The exterior angles of a triangle are the angles that form a linear pair with the interior angles by extending the sides of a triangle.

The sum of the exterior angles of a triangle and any polygon is 360 degrees.

The remote angles are the two angles in a triangle that are not adjacent angles to a specific exterior angle.

The sum of the remote interior angles is equal to the non-adjacent exterior angle.

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