# SAT Geometry and Measurement: Definitions to Memorize

The SAT Math predominantly tests both Algebra and Geometry. Knowing the following definitions is essential to improve your SAT Math scores. You can apply these basics to all levels of SAT test questions. Remember to look for these Geometry building-blocks inside larger figures on test day!

An **angle** is formed by two lines or line segments which intersect at one point. The point of intersection is called the **vertex**. Angles are measured in either degrees or radians.

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An **acute** angle is an angle whose measurement in degrees is between 0 and 90. A **right **angle is an angle whose measurement in degrees is exactly 90. An **obtuse** angle is an angle whose degree measure is between 90 and 180. A **straight** angle is an angle whose degree measure is exactly 180 degrees.

All of the angles on one side of a straight line sum to 180 degrees.

a + b + c = 180 degrees

All of the angles around one point must sum to 360 degrees.

a + b + c + d + e = 360 degrees

**Perpendicular **lines are formed when the angle between two lines is 90 degrees. The shortest distance from a point to a line is a line with a length such that the two lines form a 90 degree angle.

Two angles are **supplementary** if they share one line; i.e., if they sum of their angles is 180 degrees. Two angles are **complementary** if together they make a right angle; i.e., if the sum of their angles is 90 degrees.

To **bisect **an angle means to cut it in half. The two smaller angles will then have the same measurement.

If two parallel lines intersect with a third line, the third line is called a **transversal**. When this happens, all acute angles are equal and all obtuse angles are equal. Each acute angle is supplemental to each obtuse angle.

x and y are parallel lines, and z is the transversal

a = d = e = h

c = b = g = f

**Vertical** angles are a pair of opposite angles formed by intersecting lines. For the figure, a and d is an example of a pair of vertical angles. Vertical angles are equal.