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Understand Quadrant and Angle

Quadrant and xy-plane

graph of the quadrant and xy-plane

In the figure shown above, the point O is the origin of the xy-plane. There are four quadrants in the xy-plane. If a point lies in quadrant I, then its x-coordinate is positive and y-coordinate is positive. If a point lies in quadrant II, then its x-coordinate is negative and y-coordinate is positive. If a point lies in the quadrant III, then its x-coordinate is negative and y-coordinate is negative. If a point lies in quadrant IV, then its x-coordinate is positive and y-coordinate is negative.

Positive Angle and Negative Angle

graph of a positive angle and a negative angle.

In the figure above, ray OA overlap with the positive x-axis, its one end is the origin of the xy-plane, the other point is point A. ray OA counterclockwise rotate from OA to OB to form an angle. The vertex of the angle is the origin, OA and OB are two sides of the angle. By definition, angles counterclockwise rotated is called a positive angle and angles clockwise rotated is called a negative angle. If ray OA counterclockwise rotate a full circle, then the degree measure of the angle is 360o

Since OB is the terminal side of the angle a, formed by rotating ray OA counterclockwise to OB, so the angle a is a positive angle.

Since OC is the terminal side of the angle beta, formed by rotating ray OA clockwise to OC, so the angle beta is a negative angle.

Definition of Any Angle

Angle in the Quadrant I

graph of an angle that lies on quadrant I

In the figure shown above, OA is the initial side of the angle a. The initial side of the angle overlap with the positive x-axis. One end point of the ray OA is the point O, which is the origin of the xy-plane. The ray OA counterclockwise rotate to the OB position. The OB is called the terminal side of the angle a. The vertex of the angle a is the point O, its two sides are OA and OB. Since OB lies on quadrant I, then the angle a is called the angle of quadrant I. Since OA counterclockwise rotate to OB to form the angle a, so, the angle a is a positive angle.

If the terminal side of an angle lies in quadrant I, then the angle is the angle of the quadrant I.

If OB overlap with OA, then the angle a = 0o. If OB overlap with the positive y-axis, then the angle a is 90o. In these conditions, the angle a is not a quadrant angle.

In the range of 0 to 360o, since the angle a is the angle of the quadrant I, so, 0o < a < 90o.

Angle in Quadrant II

The graph of an angle in quadrant II

In the figure shown above, the vertex of the angle a is the origin. The initial side of the angle a is OA that is overlapping with the positive x-axis. The terminal side of the angle a is OB that lies in the quadrant II. So, the angle a is the angle of quadrant II. Since OA counterclockwise rotate to OB, so, the angle a is a positive angle.

If the terminal side of an angle lies in quadrant II, then the angle is the angle of the quadrant II.

If OB overlap with the positive y-axis, then the angle a is 90o. If OB overlap with the negative x-axis, then the angle a is 180o. In these conditions, the angle a is not a quadrant angle.

In the range of 0 to 360o, since the angle a is the angle of the quadrant II, so, 90o < a < 180o.

Angle in Quadrant III

Graph of the angle in quadrant III.

In the figure shown above, the vertex of the angle a is the origin. The initial side of the angle a is OA that is overlapping with the positive x-axis. The terminal side of the angle a is OB that lies in the quadrant III. So the angle a is the angle of quadrant III. Since OA counterclockwise rotate to OB, so, the angle a is a positive angle.

If the terminal side of an angle lies in quadrant III, then the angle is the angle of the quadrant III.

If OB overlap with the negative x-axis, then the angle a is 180o. If OB overlap with the negative y-axis, then the angle a is 270o. In these conditions, the angle a is not a quadrant angle.

In the range of 0 to 360o, since the angle a is the angle of the quadrant III, so, 180o < a < 270o.

Angle in Quadrant IV

Graph of an angle in quadrant IV.

In the figure shown above, the vertex of the angle a is the origin. The initial side of the angle a is OA that is overlapping with the positive x-axis. The terminal side of the angle a is OB that lies in the quadrant IV. So the angle a is the angle of quadrant IV. Since OA counterclockwise rotate to OB, so, the angle a is a positive angle.

If the terminal side of an angle lies in quadrant IV, then the angle is the angle of the quadrant IV.

If OB overlap with the negative y-axis, then the angle a is 270o. If OB overlap with the positive x-axis, then the angle a is 360o. In these conditions, the angle a is not a quadrant angle.

In the range of 0 to 360o, since the angle a is the angle of the quadrant IV, so, 270o < a < 360o.

Example 1

In xy-plane, point P1 has the coordinate (-2, 3), point P2 has the coordinate (2, -3) and point P3 has the coordinate (-3, -2). Find which quadrants these three points lie in.

Solution:

how to find the quadrant of a point lies in?

Look the figure above, locate the point P1 on the xy-plane, its x-coordinate is -2 and y-coordinate is 3. Since x < 0 and y > 0, so, the point of P1 lies in quadrant II.

locate the point P2 on the xy-plane, its x-coordinate is 2 and y-coordinate is -3. Since x > 0 and y < 0, so, the point of P2 lies in quadrant IV.

locate the point P3 on the xy-plane, its x-coordinate is -3 and y-coordinate is -2. Since x < 0 and y < 0, so, the point of P3 lies in quadrant III.

Example 2

In which quadrant, the following angles lie in? (1). 420o (2). -570o (3). 600o

Solution:

(1). Look the figure below, the angle 420o starts from OA and counterclockwise rotate a full circle to the OA position and continue rotate to the OB position. Since 420o = 360o + 60o, so, the terminal side of 420o lies in quadrant I. That is, 420o is the angle of quadrant I.

Note: Both angles 420o and 60o have the same terminal side that lies in quadrant I and they are the angles of the quadrant I.

How to find which quadrant the angle 420 degrees lies in?

(2). Look the figure below, the angle -570o starts from OA and clockwise rotate two full circles then change direction to counterclockwise rotate to the OB position. Since -570o = -2 × 360o + 150o, so, the terminal side of -570o lies in quadrant II. That is, -570o is the angle of quadrant II.

Note: Both angles -570o and 150o have the same terminal side that lies in quadrant II and they are the angles of the quadrant II.

How to find which quadrant the angle -570 degrees lies in?

(3). Look the figure below, the angle 600o starts from OA and counterclockwise rotate two full circles then change direction to clockwise rotate to the OB position. Since 600o = 2 × 360o - 120o, so, the terminal side of 600o lies in quadrant III. That is, 600o is the angle of quadrant III.

Note: Both angles 600o and -120o have the same terminal side that lies in quadrant III and they are the angles of the quadrant III.

How to find which quadrant the angle 600 degrees lies in?

As mentioned, if the terminal side of the angle a lies in quadrant I, then k × 360o < a < k × 360o + 90o, in which k is integer.

If the terminal side of the angle a lies in quadrant II, then k × 360o + 90o < a < k × 360o + 180o.

If the terminal side of the angle a lies in quadrant III, then k × 360o + 180o < a < k × 360o + 270o.

If the terminal side of the angle a lies in quadrant IV, then k × 360o + 270o < a < k × 360o + 360o.