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# What does a 45-degree angle look like?

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A 45-degree angle looks like the bisection of a right angle. If one constructs a right angle by drawing one axis horizontally and the other axis vertically, a 45-degree angle is halfway between a flat slope and a vertical slope.

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One way to create a 45-degree angle is to start with a straight line, then use a compass to create a perpendicular bisection, then finally create a bisection of the first straight line and the perpendicular bisection.

It is also possible to draw a 45-degree angle without a compass by using graph paper. Because a 45-degree angle has a slope of 1, one can create the angle by plotting points (x,y) starting from the origin (0,0) where x and y are the same value. For example, by plotting points (0,0), (1,1), (2,2) and so forth, and then drawing a straight line between these points, the line creates a 45-degree angle upward from the x-axis.

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The vertex is the common endpoint when two rays intersect to form an angle. The formed angle is named by using three points. One point is on each of the two rays, and the third is at the vertex point.

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