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Question Video: Finding the Measure of an Interior Angle of a Triangle Mathematics

Find the measure of ∠𝐴𝐢𝐡.

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Find the measure of angle 𝐴𝐢𝐡.

Let’s have a closer look at the figure we’ve been given. There is a triangle formed by connecting the points 𝐴, 𝐡, and 𝐢. The measure of one of the interior angles in this triangle, angle 𝐴𝐡𝐢, has been marked as 35 degrees. And the measure of the angle we’ve been asked to calculate, angle 𝐴𝐢𝐡, has been marked as π‘₯. We’re also given the measure of an angle outside the triangle, which is 65 degrees. The final thing to note is that line 𝐡𝐴 and line 𝐢𝐷, as we’ve now labeled it, are parallel, as indicated by the arrows along their lengths.

Now, we need to consider how we can use all this information to determine the measure of angle 𝐴𝐢𝐡. Because lines 𝐡𝐴 and 𝐢𝐷 are parallel, angle 𝐴𝐢𝐷 and angle 𝐢𝐴𝐡 are alternate angles. Alternate angles are of equal measure, so this tells us that the measure of angle 𝐢𝐴𝐡 is also 65 degrees.

We now know the measures of two of the interior angles in triangle 𝐴𝐡𝐢, and we wish to calculate the measure of the third. We can recall that the sum of the measures of the interior angles in any triangle is 180 degrees. We can therefore form an equation using the measures of the interior angles of triangle 𝐴𝐡𝐢. π‘₯ plus 35 degrees plus 65 degrees equals 180 degrees. This equation simplifies to π‘₯ plus 100 degrees equals 180 degrees. π‘₯ is therefore equal to 180 degrees minus 100 degrees, which is 80 degrees.

Remember π‘₯ represents the measure of angle 𝐴𝐢𝐡. So using the sum of the measures of the interior angles in a triangle, we found that the measure of angle 𝐴𝐢𝐡 is 80 degrees.

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