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Exam-Style Questions on Bearings

Problems on Bearings adapted from questions set in previous Mathematics exams.

1.

GCSE Higher

The diagram show the locations of three orienteering checkpoints. What is the three-figure bearing of A from B?

orienteering checkpoints

2.

GCSE Higher

A fishing boat is somewhere along the line from A to C.

Fishing for Lobsters

(a) By measuring an angle, write down the three-figure bearing of the boat from A.

(b) The coastguard at B sees the ship on a bearing of 047°. On the diagram draw accurately the line showing a bearing of 047° from B.

(c) On the diagram mark the position of the fishing boat, F.

(d) Measure the length, in centimetres, of the line AB on the diagram.

(e) The distance from A to B is 12 kilometres. Calculate the scale of your copy of the map. Give your answer in the form 1 : n.

(f) There is a lighthouse at A. The range of the light from the lighthouse is 9.6 kilometres. Using your scale, draw the locus of points that are 9.6 kilometres from A.

(g) The boat is sailing straight for a lobster pot attached to a buoy at D. Draw the line FD on the diagram. How far is the boat from the lobster pot when the light from the lighthouse is first seen on the boat? Give your answer in kilometers correct to the nearest 100 metres.

(h) If the boat does not alter course it will arrive at D after 30 minutes. Calculate the speed of the boat in kilometers per hour.

(i) A knot is 1 nautical mile per hour. One nautical mile is equal to 1.85 kilometres. Calculate the speed found in part (h) in knots. Give your answer to one decimal place.


3.

GCSE Higher

News is spreading of Pokémon sightings in Greenleaf Park. There is a Bulbasaur (B)on a bearing of 063o from Ayden and a Charmeleon (C) on a bearing of 110o from Ayden.

(a) Draw a sketch (not to scale) showing the positions of Ayden and the Pokémon using the letters A, B and C to indicate the locations of the sightings. Mark the distances AB = 100m and AC = 130m on your diagram.

(b) Calculate the distance BC giving your answer to three significant figures.

(c) Find the bearing of B from C giving your answer to the nearest integer.

(d) Find the bearing of C from B giving your answer to the nearest integer.


4.

GCSE Higher

The diagram shows the positions of three towns, Aberville (A), Buchus (B) and Clipton(C).

Bearings Diagram

Give your answer correct to the nearest degree and show all of your working.


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