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The interior angles of a quadrilateral form an arithmetic sequence. If the measure of the largest angle is 129, what is the measure of the second largest angle, in degrees?

Guest Sep 10, 2017
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We have that

a1 + (3)d =  129    →   a1 =  129 - 3d  (1)

Where a1 is the first term and d is the common difference

And since the sum of the four angles of a quadrilateral  = 360°

a1  + (a1 + d) + (a1 + 2d) + 129  = 360    (2)

Subbing  (1)  into (2).....we  have

129 - 3d + ( 129 - 3d  + d) + ( 129 - 3d + 2d )  + 129  = 360     simplify

516 - 6d  = 360       subtract 516 from both sides

-6d = -156          divide both sides by  -6

d = 26

And   ...     a1  =  129 - 3(26)  = 51°

So.....the second largest angle is   51 + 2*26  =  51 + 52  = 103°

CPhill  Sep 10, 2017
edited by CPhill  Sep 10, 2017

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