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Right Angle, Definition Of Right Angle

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What Is A Right Angle?


The following are the unique geometric characteristics of any Right Angle.
  • An angle is created when two rays intersect.
  • The intersection of the two rays is called the vertex.
  • There is a standard method of labeling any Angle. First label the vertex; we choose to label it A. The two rays are labeled Points Z and C.
  • The Degree of the Right Angle between two rays is determined by the space between the rays. See diagram below. One ray is horizontal thus giving us a reference point. The distance of separation between Rays Z and C determines the angle's value.
  • Is there a standard way of writing an angle as a mathematical expression? The answer is yes. Here are the details: (1) All angles must start with the character. (2) The vertex must be the center label when writing an angle. (3) Valid right angle statements in this example are ∠ZAC and ∠CAZ.
  • A Right Angle is exactly 90 degrees. A "half square" symbol, red in the diagram, is how we show a right angle.
 Right Angle