In the given rhombus 𝐴𝐵𝐶𝐷, the measure of angle 𝐵𝐶𝐷 equals 36 degrees. Find the measure of angle 𝐵𝐴𝐶.
Let’s recall that a rhombus is a quadrilateral or four-sided shape that has all four sides equal in length. We’re told that the angle 𝐵𝐶𝐷 is 36 degrees. We need to find this smaller angle 𝐵𝐴𝐶. In order to do this, we’ll need to remember some of the properties of a rhombus.
One of the angle properties is that opposite angles are equal. Looking at the diagram, this would mean that angle 𝐵𝐴𝐷 would be equal to angle 𝐵𝐶𝐷. They’ll both be 36 degrees. Of course, the angle that we’re looking for is angle 𝐵𝐴𝐶. Now, while it might look as though it’s half of this angle, we need to be sure. We can in fact recall that the diagonals will bisect the angles, which means they cut them exactly in half. Line segment 𝐴𝐶 is a diagonal of the rhombus.
We can note down what we’ve discovered. Angle 𝐵𝐴𝐷 is equal to angle 𝐵𝐶𝐷 because they’re opposite angles. And we’ve determined that both of those will then be 36 degrees. Angle 𝐵𝐴𝐶 will be half of angle 𝐵𝐴𝐷 because we have the diagonals bisecting the angles. To find the measure of angle 𝐵𝐴𝐶, we’ll half 36 degrees, giving us an answer of 18 degrees.