Practise your ability to interpret and use three-figure bearings with this self-marking exercise.
This is level 2: measuring simple bearings on screen using a draggable protractor. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 7 correct and you do this activity online.
Hold down the shift key [or shift] while you drag to rotate the protractor. Don't forget to write down your answers as three figure bearings.
Try your best to answer the questions above. Type your answers into the boxes provided leaving no spaces. As you work through the exercise regularly click the "check" button. If you have any wrong answers, do your best to do corrections but if there is anything you don't understand, please ask your teacher for help.
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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.
This video is from the wonderful Corbettmaths.
See also this video on measuring bearings from UKMatheTeacher.
Don't wait until you have finished the exercise before you click on the 'Check' button. Click it often as you work through the questions to see if you are answering them correctly. You can double-click the 'Check' button to make it float at the bottom of your screen.