Illustrative Mathematics Grade 7, Unit 7, Lesson 4: Solving for Unknown Angles

Learning Targets:

  • I can reason through multiple steps to find unknown angle measures.
  • I can recognize when an equation represents a relationship between angle measures.

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Lesson 4: Solving for Unknown Angles

Let’s figure out some missing angles.

Illustrative Math Unit 7.7, Lesson 4 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 4 Summary

The following diagrams explain how to find unknown angle measures using equations to represent relationships between angle measures.
Find Angles

Lesson 4.1 True or False: Length Relationships

Here are some line segments.
Decide if each of these equations is true or false. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
CD + BC = BD
AB + BD = CD + AD
AC - AB = AB
BD - CD = AC - AB

Lesson 4.2 Info Gap: Angle Finding

Your teacher will give you either a problem card or a data card. Do not show or read your card to your partner.
If your teacher gives you the problem card:

  1. Silently read your card and think about what information you need to answer the question.
  2. Ask your partner for the specific information that you need.
  3. Explain to your partner how you are using the information to solve the problem.
  4. Solve the problem and explain your reasoning to your partner.

If your teacher gives you the data card:

  1. Silently read the information on your card.
  2. Ask your partner “What specific information do you need?” and wait for your partner to ask for information. Only give information that is on your card. (Do not figure out anything for your partner!)
  3. Before telling your partner the information, ask “Why do you need that information?”
  4. After your partner solves the problem, ask them to explain their reasoning and listen to their explanation.

Pause here so your teacher can review your work. Ask your teacher for a new set of cards and repeat the activity, trading roles with your partner.

Lesson 4.3 What’s the Match?

Match each figure to an equation that represents what is seen in the figure. For each match, explain how you know they are a match.

Are you ready for more?

  1. What is the angle between the hour and minute hands of a clock at 3:00?
  2. You might think that the angle between the hour and minute hands at 2:20 is 60 degrees, but it is not! The hour hand has moved beyond the 2. Calculate the angle between the clock hands at 2:20.
    • Show Answer

      The angle between any two consecutive numbers in a clock is 360° ÷ 12 = 30°
      If the minute-hand is at 2 and the hour hand is at 4, the angle between them is 2 · 30° = 60°.
      But at 2:20, the hour hand has moved 20 minutes towards 3.
      In 60 minutes, the hour hand moves 30°. Therefore, in 20 minutes, it moves 20/60 · 30 = 10°
      So, the angle between the two hands at 2:20 is 60° - 10° = 50°

  3. Find a time where the hour and minute hand are 40 degrees apart. (Assume that the time has a whole number of minutes.) Is there just one answer?
    • Show Answer

      Let x be the number that the minute hand is at
      Let y be the number that the hour hand is at
      30(x - y) - 5x/2 = 40
      11x - 12y = 16

      x and y are whole numbers from 1 to 12
      The possible solutions are:
      x = 8, y = 6. The time is 6:40
      x = 9, y = 7. The time is 7:45

Lesson 4 Practice Problems

  1. M is a point on line segment KL. NM is a line segment. Select all the equations that represent the relationship between the measures of the angles in the figure.
  2. Which equation represents the relationship between the angles in the figure?
  3. Segments AB, EF, and CD intersect at point C, and angle ACD is a right angle. Find the value of g.
  4. Select all the expressions that are the result of decreasing x by 80%.
  5. Andre is solving the equation 4(x + 3/2) = 7. He says, “I can subtract 3/2 from each side to get 4x = 11/2 and then divide by 4 to get x = 11/8.” Kiran says, “I think you made a mistake.”
    a. How can Kiran know for sure that Andre’s solution is incorrect?
    b. Describe Andre’s error and explain how to correct his work.
  6. Solve each equation.
  7. A train travels at a constant speed for a long distance. Write the two constants of proportionality for the relationship between distance traveled and elapsed time. Explain what each of them means.

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