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October 27th, 2017, 06:46 PM   #1
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Construct a Two-Column Proof

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Given that m ∠2 = (4x + 20)° and m ∠3 = (x − 10)°, prove that m ∠2 = 156° by constructing a two-column proof. You must include a two-column proof with a column for statements and a column for reasons that justify your statements.
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Sure, we can help. What have you done to solve this so far? Where are you having difficulty?
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I'm having difficulty with the whole "proving it" thing.
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This is about as far as I've gotten. Sooo if anyone has any advice they'd like to offer, it'd be appreciated.
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Statement: (4x + 20)$^\circ$ + (x - 10)$^\circ$ = 180$^\circ$ Reason: the sum of adjacent angles on a straight line is 180$^\circ$

Can you continue? (You might have a different way of stating what I said above in the "Reason")
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Statement: (4x + 20)$^\circ$ + (x - 10)$^\circ$ = 180$^\circ$ Reason: the sum of adjacent angles on a straight line is 180$^\circ$

Can you continue? (You might have a different way of stating what I said above in the "Reason")
So then the answer to that would be 5x + 10? So could you find x by doing (4x+20)= 156, since angle 2 is 156 degrees?
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You're trying to prove angle 2 is 156 degrees, so you can't use that. You are not trying to find x, though you have to do that as an intermediate step.

If you have 4x + 20 + x - 10 = 180, what is x?
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You're trying to prove angle 2 is 156 degrees, so you can't use that. You are not trying to find x, though you have to do that as an intermediate step.

If you have 4x + 20 + x - 10 = 180, what is x?
x is 34. So
(4(34)+20) + (34-10) is 180. So then that proves it, right? Because it proves the first part of the statement is 156?

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Ok, I got it. Thanks!
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That's mathematically correct, but your calculations (that x = 34, etc.) presumably should be done in detail in two-column format.
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