Types of Angles
(KS2, Year 6)

The Lesson

There are different types of angle. Angles can be:

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Type of Angle
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Acute Angles

An acute angle is an angle of less than 90°.

acute angle A right angle is an angle of 90°.

right angle Don't forget: Right angles are often denoted by adding a small right angle that forms a square with the angle.

Obtuse Angles

An obtuse angle is an angle greater than 90° and less than 180°.

right angle

Straight Angles

A straight angle is an angle of 180°.

straight angle

Reflex Angles

A reflex angle is an angle greater then 180° and less than 360°.

reflex angle

Full Angles

A full angle is an angle of 360°.

full angle

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What Is an Angle?

An angle is created by two rays that have a common end point, called the vertex.

parts of an angle explained

Who Classified Angles?

Euclid classified angles in his book, Elements.

Euclid Definition 10: "When a straight line standing on a straight line makes the adjacent angles equal to one another, each of the equal angles is right". Definition 11: "An obtuse angle is an angle greater than a right angle". Definition 12: "An acute angle is an angle less than a right angle".

Oblique Angles

Acute and obtuse angles are also oblique angles. Oblique angles are neither right angles nor multiples of right angles.
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