Introduction to bearings

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  1. Introduction to bearings
  2. Standard compass bearings
  3. Compass bearings
  4. True bearings
  1. Locating an Object Using Different Types of Bearings

    Given the following diagram:

    Locating an Object Using Different Types of Bearings

    Specify the direction as a:

    1. Standard compass bearing
    2. Compass bearing
    3. True bearing
  2. Graphing Different Bearings

    Draw a suitable diagram for each of the following bearings:

    1. N25°W
    2. 240°T
  3. Conversion Between Different Types of Bearings


    1. The compass bearing S25°E to a true bearing
    2. The true bearing of 120°T to a compass bearing
Topic Notes

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)