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Alternate Exterior angles formed by Parallel lines and their Transversal

exterior alternate angles formed by parallel lines and their transversal

When two or more parallel lines are intersected by their transversal, the exterior angles which appear oppositely are called alternate exterior angles or exterior alternate angles of parallel lines and their transversal.

Two pairs of exterior angles are formed on opposite side at the intersection of two parallel lines and transversal. Therefore, the two pairs of exterior angles are called alternate exterior angles and also called as exterior alternate angles.

Alternate Exterior angles

formation exterior alternate angles of parallel lines and their transversal

$\angle APX$, $\angle XPB$, $\angle DQY$ and $\angle YQC$ are four exterior angles, formed by the intersection of parallel lines ($\overleftrightarrow{AB}$ and $\overleftrightarrow{CD}$) and their transversal $\overleftrightarrow{XY}$.

$(1) \,\,\,\,\,\,$ $\angle APX$ and $\angle DQY$

$(2) \,\,\,\,\,\,$ $\angle XPB$ and $\angle YQC$

Each pair of above angles are exterior angles and also appear on opposite side of the intersection of parallel lines and their transversal. So, they are known as exterior alternate angles.

Property

equal exterior alternate angles formed by parallel lines and their transversal

Each pair of exterior alternate angles are equal due to the parallelism property of the parallel lines.

$(1) \,\,\,\,\,\,$ $\angle APX = \angle DQY$

$(2) \,\,\,\,\,\,$ $\angle XPB = \angle YQC$

Therefore, it is proved that every pair of alternate exterior angles are equal when two parallel lines are cut by their transversal line.

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