• Vertical Angles
• Parallel Lines
• Perpendicular Lines
Vertical Angles
When two lines intersect, they create four angles.

The angles opposite one another are called vertical angles. Vertical angles are equal to each other.
Here 1 = 2, and 3 = 4. Another way to say this is that both "little angles" are equal to each other and both "big angles" are equal to each other.
Also, note that any pair of adjacent angles will always equal 180° ("little angle" added to any "big angle"). 
The figure shows two straight lines and a ray intersecting in the same point. How many pairs of congruent angles less than 180° are there?



Parallel Lines
Two lines that never get closer to or farther away from each other and therefore never intersect are called parallel lines. The symbol for parallel lines is . In the figure to the right, AB  CD, which means line AB is parallel to line CD. Sometimes parallel lines are indicated by pointers on the lines. 

There are many terms to describe these congruent angles, such as "corresponding," “alternate interior” or “alternate exterior,” but these terms are not used on the test. For the GMAT, it is simply enough to know that all the "little angles" will be equal to each other and all the "big angles" will be equal to each other when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.
Also remember that any pair of adjacent angles will always equal 180° ("little angle" added to any "big angle").
Angles that are on the same side of the transversal and "between" the parallel lines are supplementary and add to 180°. In the figure above, this means that 3 + 5 = 180° and 4 + 6 = 180°. This can be very useful when finding angles in polygons, such as rectangles, parallelograms and trapezoids.
In the figure, 3 = 60°, AF  BE  CD, and AC  FE. Which angle measure(s) cannot be determined?



Perpendicular Lines
When two lines intersect each other at a right angle (90°), the lines are perpendicular. The symbol for perpendicular is , and m n means that line m and line n are perpendicular lines. Since perpendicular lines form right angles, there is often the right angle mark at the intersection.
Be careful not to assume that lines are parallel or perpendicular if it's not stated explicitly. Don’t be fooled by appearance; you cannot assume that figures are drawn to scale. While the GMAT isn’t likely to draw a figure grossly out of scale (like an acute angle that is actually obtuse), they do often draw lines that look parallel or perpendicular but aren’t (or vice versa).
