These two angles (140° and 40°) are Supplementary Angles, because they add up to 180°:
Notice that together they make a straight angle.
But the angles don't have to be together.
These two are supplementary because
60° + 120° = 180°
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|When the two angles add to 180°, we say they "Supplement" each other.
Supplement comes from Latin supplere, to complete or "supply" what is needed.
|Spelling: be careful, it is not "Supplimentary Angle"|
Complementary vs Supplementary
A related idea is Complementary Angles, they add up to 90°
How to remember which is which? Easy! Think:
- "C" of Complementary stands for "Corner" (a Right Angle), and
- "S" of Supplementary stands for "Straight" (180 degrees is a straight line)
You can also think "Supplement" (like a Vitamin Supplement) is something extra, so it is bigger.