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How do you find the angle between your hands?

Finding the angle between your hands is a fun way to explore geometry and measure angles. With just your hands and some simple math, you can determine the angle between them when holding them in different positions. This can teach you about triangles, angles, and how your body moves. Let’s walk through the steps to find the angle between your hands.

What You’ll Need

Finding the angle between your hands requires just a few supplies:

– Your hands
– A marker or pen
– Paper
– A protractor

That’s it! With these basic supplies, you’ll be able to mark angles on paper and measure them with a protractor.

Marking the Angle on Paper

Start by holding your hands out in front of you with your palms facing each other, like you’re clapping. Keep your hands stationary in this position. Take the marker and make a dot on the tip of each thumb. These dots will mark the vertices of the angle we want to measure.

Next, keeping your hands still, mark dots on the paper below each of the dots on your thumbs. You now have two vertices marked on the paper that match the position of your thumbs.

Remove your hands and use the marker to connect the two dots you made on the paper, forming one side of the angle. Mark the intersection of the sides with a dot – this is the vertex. You’ve now transferred the angle between your hands onto the paper!

Tips for Marking the Angle

– Keep your hands still as you mark the paper so your angles are accurate.

– Mark the dots clearly and precisely under the tips of your thumbs.

– Connect the dots into straight lines to properly capture the angle.

– The vertex dot should be exactly at the intersection of the lines.

Measuring the Angle with a Protractor

Now that you’ve drawn the angle on paper, it’s time to measure it. Take your protractor and line it up on the angle, following these steps:

1. Place the center point of the protractor (the small hole) directly over the vertex of the angle.

2. Line up the base of the protractor with one side of the angle. Make sure the 0 line on the protractor aligns with one line of the angle.

3. Note where the other line of the angle intersects the protractor’s measurements. This number is the measurement of the angle in degrees.

For example, if one line hits 40 degrees, your angle measurement is 40 degrees. Record this measurement.

Protractor Tips

– Make sure the protractor is properly aligned before reading the angle measurement. The center hole should be right on the vertex dot.

– If needed, you can also extend the lines on your angle so they clearly intersect with the protractor numbers.

– Double check that you are reading the proper degree numbers on the protractor and not the reverse side.

– Record the angle measurement accurately from the protractor for your calculations.

Sample Data and Angle Calculations

Let’s say you measured the following angles between your hands:

Hand Position Angle Measured
Palms together, fingers pointing up 10 degrees
Palms together, fingers pointing forward 45 degrees
Hands in prayer pose 90 degrees

You can see how small changes in hand position create different angle measurements.

Now let’s calculate the angle between your hands if you connect them fingertip to fingertip:

– Fingertips together make a straight line, which is 180 degrees
– Your right hand makes a 45 degree angle
– Your left hand makes a 90 degree angle
– Together: 45 + 90 = 135 degrees
– So the angle between your hands fingertip to fingertip is:
– 180 – 135 = 45 degrees

Connecting angles between your hands allows you to practice geometry calculations and better understand the movement of your body!

Real World Applications

Measuring the angle between your hands has many real world applications beyond just math practice:

– **Sports:** Coaches often show players proper hand positioning by demonstrating angles. Quarterbacks need the correct hand angle to properly grip the football for an accurate pass.

– **Ergonomics:** Physical therapists measure angles between hands/arms to assess biomechanics and reduce strain. Angles may be optimized in work stations to avoid repetitive stress injuries.

– **Art:** Photographers carefully position hands to properly frame subjects and create geometric compositions within the frame. Specific hand poses create geometric lines and angles in the photograph.

– **Measurement:** Hand angles provide a quick way to measure approximate angles in the field when doing construction, carpentry, or surveying land.

– **Education:** Teachers use hands-on activities measuring hand angles to give students an interactive way to learn geometry concepts. This engages students in the learning process.

Common Questions

Should my hands be relaxed or stretched out when measuring?

For consistency, it is best to stretch your hands out fully when measuring the angle between them. Relaxed hands may bend at different angles each time, giving you varied measurements.

What if I don’t have a protractor or marker?

If you don’t have tools available, you can estimate the angle between your hands. Position your hands in the desired angle, then open your fingers to match the angle. Use your hand’s span as a reference to visually estimate the angle rather than measuring it precisely.

Can I measure the angle between any body parts?

Yes! The same process of marking reference points and connecting them to measure angles can work for many other body parts. Try measuring the angle between your arms, legs, fingers, or toes. Just mark key points and measure with a protractor.

Is there an easy way to get a 90 degree angle between hands?

Yes, an easy reference for a 90 degree angle is to make your hands into an “L” shape, with your thumbs aligned and one hand straight up and the other straight forward. This upright hand to forward hand makes an approximate 90 degree angle between your hands.


Finding the angles between your hands is an engaging way to learn about geometry, measurement, and the motion of your own body. By marking reference points on paper and using a protractor, you can quantify and measure the different angles created between your hands. This helps build an intuitive understanding of angles that can be applied to math, art, sports, ergonomics, and more. So grab a marker and protractor and start exploring hand angles today!