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Practise your ability to interpret and use three-figure bearings with this self-marking exercise.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Exam-Style Description Help More Bearings

This is level 5: using angle theorems and trigonometry to solve bearing problems. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 correct and you do this activity online.

Give answers correct to the nearest degree.

DiagramA small passenger plane flies 6km due north then 10km due east. What is the three figure bearing of its current position from its starting position?

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Oblong lake is in the shape of a rectangle 3km by 2km. The longest sides run east-west. What is the three figure bearing of the south-east corner from the north-west corner?

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DiagramA speedboat travels 6km due east then 5km due north. What bearing would it travel on to get back to its starting point?

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In the remote desert strange scorch marks have been found. They are very regularly positioned as a square grid with each mark 1km from the next in a north-south and east-west direction. The marks have each been numbered by investigators and a part of their map is shown above.

The following questions refer to this map.

What is the bearing of mark 53 from mark 72?

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What is the bearing of mark 77 from mark 64?

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What is the bearing of mark 52 from mark 75?

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A straight road runs from A to B on a bearing of 016°. Another straight road runs from B to C on a bearing of 106°. Calculate angle BCA if AB = 7km
and BC = 8km.

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A ship turns left through a right angle after having been sailing on a bearing of 350° for 10km. It sails for 8km in this new direction. On what bearing must it sail to get back to its starting point?

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A helicopter flies 50km on a bearing of 048° and then 120km on a bearing of 138° How far is it from its starting position?

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This is Bearings level 5. You can also try:
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4


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Leaning about Bearings

Before beginning these exercises it would be helpful to develop bearing estimation skills with the Plane Bearings activity.

Level 1 - Converting between compass directions and three figure bearings

Level 2 - Measuring simple bearings on screen using a draggable protractor

Level 3 - Back bearings and turning problems

Level 4 - Creating scale diagrams and making accurate measurements of given situations

Level 5 - Using angle theorems and trigonometry to solve bearing problems

Exam Style questions are in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions and worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers.

After working hard on these exercises treat yourself to some relaxation playing Snooker Angles.

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Compass Points

Compass Points

This video is from the wonderful Corbettmaths.

See also this video on measuring bearings from UKMatheTeacher.

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