# Introduction to bearings

### Introduction to bearings

#### Lessons

3 main types of bearings:

- Standard compass bearings

- Compass bearings

- True bearings

Cardinal Points: the 4 basic standard bearings (East, South, West, North)

Compass bearings: the number of degrees east or west of north of south.

True bearings:

- Angle measured clockwise to the bearing line from the north

- The symbol T is to indicate that it is true bearing, but sometimes it is omitted

- For bearings less than 100°, use 3 digits with the first digit being a 0. (e.g. 045°T)

• Introduction
Introduction to bearings
a)
Standard compass bearings

b)
Compass bearings

c)
True bearings

• 1.
Locating an Object Using Different Types of Bearings

Given the following diagram:

Specify the direction as a:

a)
Standard compass bearing

b)
Compass bearing

c)
True bearing

• 2.
Graphing Different Bearings

Draw a suitable diagram for each of the following bearings:

a)
N25°W

b)
240°T

• 3.
Conversion Between Different Types of Bearings

Convert

a)
The compass bearing S25°E to a true bearing

b)
The true bearing of 120°T to a compass bearing