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2. Types of Horizontal Angles

a. Interior/Exterior

On a closed non-crossing polygon, Figure G-5, horizontal angles can be either interior (red) or exterior (blue).

Figure G-5
Interior and Exterior Angles

 

The geometric condition for a non-crossing polygon is Equation (G-1).

Equation (G-1)

Interior and exterior don’t make sense if the polygon is open, Figure G-6(a), or if the polygon crosses itself, Figure G-6(b).

 

a. Open Polygon

b. Crossing Polygon

Figure G-6
Interior/Exterior?

 

In the latter case, the polygon turns itself inside-out and Equation (E-1) does not apply. Open and crossing polygons need some other way to express an angle.

 

b. Right/Left

Right or left is the rotational direction from the BS point to the FS point. Consider standing on the At point, looking at the BS point: an angle to the right means you physically turn your body to the right to see the FS point. An angle right is clockwise, left counter-clockwise, Figure G-7.

 

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Figure G-7
Clockwise/Counter-clockwise

Figure G-8(a) shows a closed non-crossing polygon with interior angles to the right; Figure G-8(b) to the left.

 

a. Angles Right

b. Angles Left

Figure G-8
Interior Angles

The dashed lines in Figure G-8 show the angle measurement sequence. In Figure G-8(a), interior angles to the right measurement progresses counter-clockwise around the polygon.

 

We can also have exterior angles to the right, Figure G-9(a), and to the left, Figure G-9(b).

 

a. Angles Right

b. Angles Left

Figure G-9
Exterior Angles

 

Right or left help with angle definitions on the open and crossing polygons. In Figure G-10, progressing in the direction of the dashed line, the open polygon has angles to the right.

 

Figure G-10
Angles Right on Open Polygon

 

Figure G-11 shows a crossing polygon using angles left progressing in the direction of the dashed line.

 

 

Figure G-11
Angles Right on Crossing Polygon

Note how the angles change from “interior” to “exterior” although there is no consistent polygon interior.

c. Deflection Angles

A deflection angle is how much the next line deflects from an extension of the previous line. It consists of two parts: (1) magnitude and (2) direction. For example, in Figure G-12:

Line BC deflects from line AB 45° to the right, written as 45°R.

Line CD deflects from line BC 30°L.

 

 

Figure G-12
Angles Right on Open Polygon

 

A deflection angle ranges from 0° (no deflection) to 180° (going back along the preceding line).

 

The mathematical angle condition for a closed non-crossing polygon, Figure G-13, is:

 

Equation (G-2)

Right deflection angles are positive (+), left are negative (-).

 

Figure G-13
Deflection Angles Around Polygon

Equation (G-2) is also the mathematical condition for a closed polygon which crosses itself an even number of times. For an odd number of crossings, Figure G-14, the mathematical condition is:

 

Equation (G-3)

 

Figure G-14
Odd Crossings Polygon

How does reversing travel direction around a polygon change the deflection angles? Figure G-15 shows that the deflection angle value is the same, but its direction is reversed.

 

a. Clockwise Travel

b. Counterclockwise Travel

Figure G-15
Reversing Travel Direction

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