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Angles are classified, or grouped, according to the size of the opening between
the two rays.   

Angles are measured with a standard unit of measure called degrees.  The symbol for degrees is (). 

A protractor


A protractor, like the one on the left, is a tool used to draw and measure the size of angles.  

It shows the number of degrees in a half circle.  It can be used to measure angles from 0 to 180.

An angle that measures 180 is called a straight angle.  In the picture to the right the red line shows a straight angle.

A straight angle