ABC inscribed within a circle whose diameter AC forms one of the sides of hte triangle. If Arc BC on the circle subtends an angle of 40 ddegrees, find the measure of angle BCA within the triangle.
You've been given the measure of every angle in the triangle except the one you want!
An angle with its vertex on a circle subending an arc of degrees has measure degrees. Since BC subtends an arc of 40 degrees, angle BAC is 20 degrees. But you asked about angle BCA. There are two ways to get that.
1) The angles in a triangle sum to 180 degrees. Since AC is a diameter, angle ABC measures 90 degrees. We know that angle BAC is 20 degrees: 180- 90- 20= 180- 110= 70 degrees.
2) Arc ABC half the circle, 180 degrees. BC measures 40 degrees so arc AB measures 180- 40= 140 degrees. Angle ACB, then, is 140/2= 70 degrees.