Copy and Bisect an Angle

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New York State Common Core Math Geometry, Module 1, Lesson 3

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Student Outcomes

  • Students learn how to bisect an angle as well as how to copy an angle.

Copy and Bisect an Angle


Opening Exercise

In the following figure, circles have been constructed so that the endpoints of the diameter of each circle coincide with the endpoints of each segment of the equilateral triangle. a. What is special about points 𝐷, 𝐸, and 𝐹? Explain how this can be confirmed with the use of a compass. b. Draw DE, EF, and FD. What kind of triangle must β–³ 𝐷𝐸𝐹 be? c. What is special about the four triangles within β–³ 𝐴𝐡𝐢? d. How many times greater is the area of β–³ 𝐴𝐡𝐢 than the area of β–³ 𝐢𝐷𝐸?


Define the terms angle, interior of an angle, and angle bisector.

ANGLE: An angle is ____________________________________________________

INTERIOR: The interior of ∠𝐡𝐴𝐢 is the set of points in the intersection of the half-plane of AC that contains 𝐡 and the half-plane of AB that contains 𝐢. The interior is easy to identify because it is always the β€œsmaller” region of the two regions defined by the angle (the region that is convex). The other region is called the exterior of the angle.

ANGLE BISECTOR: If 𝐢 is in the interior of βˆ π΄π‘‚π΅, _________________________________ When we say π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚πΆ = π‘šβˆ πΆπ‘‚π΅, we mean that the angle measures are equal.

Geometry Assumptions

In working with lines and angles, we again make specific assumptions that need to be identified. For example, in the definition of interior of an angle above, we assumed that an angle separated the plane into two disjoint sets. This follows from the assumption: Given a line, the points of the plane that do not lie on the line form two sets called halfplanes, such that (1) each of the sets is convex, and (2) if 𝑃 is a point in one of the sets, and 𝑄 is a point in the other, then the segment 𝑃𝑄 intersects the line.

From this assumption, another obvious fact follows about a segment that intersects the sides of an angle: Given an βˆ π΄π‘‚π΅, then for any point 𝐢 in the interior of βˆ π΄π‘‚π΅, the ray 𝑂𝐢 always intersects the segment 𝐴𝐡.

In this lesson, we move from working with line segments to working with angles, specifically with bisecting angles. Before we do this, we need to clarify our assumptions about measuring angles. These assumptions are based upon what we know about a protractor that measures up to 180Β° angles:

  1. To every βˆ π΄π‘‚π΅ there corresponds a quantity π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚π΅ called the degree or measure of the angle so that 0Β° < π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚π΅ < 180Β°.
    This number, of course, can be thought of as the angle measurement (in degrees) of the interior part of the angle, which is what we read off of a protractor when measuring an angle. In particular, we have also seen that we can use protractors to β€œadd angles”:
  2. If 𝐢 is a point in the interior of βˆ π΄π‘‚π΅, then π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚πΆ + π‘šβˆ πΆπ‘‚π΅ = π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚π΅.
    Two angles ∠𝐡𝐴𝐢 and ∠𝐢𝐴𝐷 form a linear pair if 𝐴𝐡 and 𝐴𝐷 are opposite rays on a line, and 𝐴𝐢 is any other ray. In earlier grades, we abbreviated this situation and the fact that the measures of the angles on a line add up to 180Β° as, β€œβˆ β€™s on a line.” Now, we state it formally as one of our assumptions:
  3. If two angles ∠𝐡𝐴𝐢 and ∠𝐢𝐴𝐷 form a linear pair, then they are supplementary (i.e., π‘šβˆ π΅π΄πΆ + π‘šβˆ πΆπ΄π· = 180Β°). Protractors also help us to draw angles of a specified measure:
  4. Let 𝑂𝐡 be a ray on the edge of the half-plane 𝐻. For every π‘Ÿ such that 0Β° < π‘ŸΒ° < 180Β°, there is exactly one ray 𝑂𝐴 with 𝐴 in 𝐻 such that π‘šβˆ π΄π‘‚π΅ = π‘ŸΒ°.

Mathematical Modeling Exercise 1: Investigate How to Bisect an Angle

You need a compass and a straightedge.

Joey and his brother, Jimmy, are working on making a picture frame as a birthday gift for their mother. Although they have the wooden pieces for the frame, they need to find the angle bisector to accurately fit the edges of the pieces together. Using your compass and straightedge, show how the boys bisected the corner angles of the wooden pieces below to create the finished frame on the right.

Consider how the use of circles aids the construction of an angle bisector. Be sure to label the construction as it progresses and to include the labels in your steps. Experiment with the angles below to determine the correct steps for the construction.

What steps did you take to bisect an angle? List the steps below:

Mathematical Modeling Exercise 2: Investigate How to Copy an Angle

You will need a compass and a straightedge. You and your partner will be provided with a list of steps (in random order) needed to copy an angle using a compass and straightedge. Your task is to place the steps in the correct order, then follow the steps to copy the angle below.

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