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- EXTERIOR ANGLE THEOREM (Part 1: Exploration)
Thursday, March 20, 2014
On the other hand, how many are you are familiar with the exterior angle theorem? What is the relationship of the exterior angles with the interior angles? The answer for these questions can be summarized by the "Exterior Angle Theorem".
In this post, let us discover where this theorem come from by using some illustrative examples.
Materials needed: ruler, protractor, calculator and pencil
1) On a piece of paper, draw one (1) acute triangle, one (1) right triangle, and one (1) obtuse triangle. Name each triangle as triangle ABC, with AC as the base.
2) Extend the base of AC to a point D. Points A, C and D should be on the same line and C is between A and D.
- angle BCD is the exterior angle of each triangle
- angles A and B are the remote (non-adjacent) interior angles of each triangle
4) Look at the rightmost part of the table. Compare the sum of the measures of angles A and B and the exterior angle.
5) We can now make a conclusion/generalization about the relationship of the measurement of the exterior angle and the remote interior angles.
Here is the pdf copy of the activity, if to be conducted in a classroom setting. You are free to download it and use for your class. Hope it will be beneficial for you.
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