A square has 360 degrees, if you measure the degrees on the outside,

In summary, a square has 360 degrees because it has four equal angles of 90 degrees each. Measuring degrees on the outside of a square involves measuring the angles formed by the intersection of two adjacent sides, which will always add up to 180 degrees. The use of 360 degrees as a standard unit of measurement can be traced back to ancient civilizations and is based on the number 60. A square will always have 360 degrees, and other shapes with four equal angles, such as rectangles and parallelograms, will also have a total of 360 degrees.
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A square has 360 degrees, if you measure the degrees on the outside, what degree do you get?
 
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Each external angle of a square is 270 degrees. So, the total is 270*4 = 1080 degrees.
 
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thats what i came to as well, however, the outside degrees overlap each other... so sets of 90 degrees would be canceled out... in cancelling out the overlaps, i come to 720... is that what you come to?
 
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Can u explain what u mean by "angles cancel up" ? and how you came up with the 720 result ?
Thanks !
 

1. Why does a square have 360 degrees?

A square has 360 degrees because it has four equal angles, each measuring 90 degrees. When all four angles are added together, the total is 360 degrees.

2. How does measuring degrees on the outside of a square work?

Measuring degrees on the outside of a square involves measuring the angles formed by the intersection of two adjacent sides of the square. These angles will always add up to 180 degrees, and when all four angles are measured, the total will be 360 degrees.

3. Why is 360 degrees used as a standard unit of measurement?

The use of 360 degrees as a standard unit of measurement can be traced back to ancient civilizations, particularly the Babylonians and Egyptians. They based their number systems on the number 60, which is easily divisible by many numbers. This led to the development of the 360 degree system for measuring angles.

4. Can a square have more or less than 360 degrees?

No, a square will always have 360 degrees. This is because the sum of the angles in a square is always equal to 360 degrees, regardless of the size or proportions of the square.

5. Are there any other shapes besides a square that have 360 degrees?

Yes, there are other shapes besides a square that have 360 degrees. These include rectangles, parallelograms, and rhombuses, as long as they have four equal angles. Any shape with four equal angles will have a total of 360 degrees.

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