Common Core Math Vocabulary

Obtuse Triangle - Definition with Examples

What is Obtuse Triangle? 

An obtuse-angled triangle is a triangle in which one of the interior angles measures more than 90° degrees. In an obtuse triangle, if one angle measures more than 90°, then the sum of the remaining two angles is less than 90°. 

obtuse triangle

Here, the triangle ABC is an obtuse triangle, as ∠A measures more than 90 degrees. Since, ∠A is 120 degrees, the sum of ∠B and ∠C will be less than 90° degrees. 

In the above triangle, ∠A + ∠B + ∠C = 180° (because of the Angle Sum Property)

Since ∠A = 120°, therefore, ∠B + ∠C= 60°. 

Hence, if one angle of the triangle is obtuse, then the other two angles with always be acute.

 

Some examples of obtuse triangles:

obtuse triangle example 1  obtuse triangle example 2  obtuse triangle example 3

 

Non-examples of obtuse triangles:

Non-examples of obtuse triangles 2     Non examples of obtuse triangles 1

 

 

Special facts about obtuse triangle:

  • An equilateral triangle can never be obtuse. Since an equilateral triangle has equal sides and angles, each angle measures 60°, which is acute. Therefore, an equilateral angle can never be obtuse-angled.

  • A triangle cannot be right-angled and obtuse angled at the same time. Since a right-angled triangle has one right angle, the other two angles are acute. Therefore, an obtuse-angled triangle can never have a right angle; and vice versa. 

  • The side opposite the obtuse angle in the triangle is the longest. 

 

obtuse triangles special fact

Obtuse angled triangles in real life:

In our surroundings, we can find many examples of obtuse triangles. Here are some examples:

  • Triangle shaped roofs 

  • Hangars found in cupboards

 

obtuse triangle shapes around us

 

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