The angles that sub-divide a right angle sum to 90°.

A circle consists of 4 right angles, or 360°. On a graph of a circle, the radial angle enclosed by a right angle is called a quadrant, where quadrant 1 is from 0° to 90°.

A straight angle is the angle of a straight line, which is 180°. The angles that sub-divide a straight line sum to 180°.

When two straight lines intersect, they form two pairs of angles. The pairs are opposite in position and equal in magnitude.

A famous theorem for calculating the lengths of the sides of a right-angled triangle was invented 2500 years ago by a Greek called Pythagoras. His theorem states:

a^{2} + b^{2} = c^{2}, where a and b are the shorter sides of a right-angled triangle with hypotenuse c.

The Pythagoras or Pythagorean Theorem was devised by the Ancient Greek mathematician, Pythagoras (570 - 495 BCE).

For such a famous man, we actually know relatively little about him for sure. However, his legacy as a mathematician and philosopher has had a huge impact on Western culture in many fields. It is a pity most people today just know him for his eponymous triangle theorem, important as it is.

Angles of right-angled triangles may be calculated using trigonometric functions. The definitions of the three basic trig functions are:

The sine of an angle is equal to the length of the opposite side over the hypotenuse: $sinB = b/c$

If two sides of a triangle are known, it is possible to calculate the angle by in the inverse sine function: $B = sin^{-1}({b/c})$.

The cosine of an angle is equal to the length of the adjacent side over the hypotenuse: $cosB = a/c$

If two sides of a triangle are known, it is possible to calculate the angle by in the inverse cosine function: $B = cos^{-1}({a/c})$.

The tangent of an angle is equal to the length of the opposite side over the adjacent side: $tanB = b/a$

If two sides of a triangle are known, it is possible to calculate the angle by in the inverse tangent function: $B = tan^{-1}({b/a})$.

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