What is a Complementary Angle

Complementary Angles

Complementary Angles

Hi, welcome this video lesson on complementary angles. Now complementary angles are 2 angles that, when added together, equal 90 degrees. No, not that kind of 90 degrees. 90 degrees. Yes, that’s better. Now let’s take a look at a few examples to see how this works.

Here is an angle, let’s presume it’s 90 degrees. Another line intersects it and creates 2 angles, one b, one a. B is 60 degrees, a is 30 degrees. When added together we end up getting 90 degrees. This is a pair of complimentary angles.

Let’s try our hand at a couple practice problems. Here are 2 angles. Assuming these are complimentary, what angle is x? To find this out, we only need to do a bit of subtraction. We know that a complimentary angle is 90 degrees, so if we subtract 34 from 90, we get 56. 56 degrees is equal to x, because that’s what must be added to 34 in order to get 90 and make the angle complimentary.

One last one. Let’s see if you can figure this one out by yourself. The answer is x will always equal 46. Here’s why. If we know that this angle is complimentary and we subtract 44 degrees from that we know that that leaves us with 46. Make sense? I hope that helps. Thanks so much for watching this video lesson, and until next time, happy studying!

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by Mometrix Test Preparation | Last Updated: June 13, 2019