Unit 11 Section 3 : Bearings
Bearings are a measure of direction, with North taken as a reference.
REMEMBER: Bearings are always measured clockwise from North and are given as 3 digits.
Here are some more examples:
Note that the first two bearings above are in directly opposite directions to each other.
Example QuestionsExample Question 1
Points of the compass can all be converted into bearings. We already know that North is 000°.
Find the bearings for:
Example Question 2
We can extend the line from A to B, then rotate through 180° to head in the opposite direction.
REMEMBER: Bearings in exactly opposite directions are called back bearings and are always 180° apart.
Practice QuestionsWork out the answer to each of these questions then click on the button marked to see whether you are correct.
ExercisesWork out the answers to the questions below and fill in the boxes. Click on the button to find out whether you have answered correctly. If you are right then will appear and you should move on to the next question. If appears then your answer is wrong. Click on to clear your original answer and have another go. If you can't work out the right answer then click on to see the answer.
In the next question, you will need to draw a diagram on paper to help you work out the answers.
You can use parallel line facts to work it out, or draw an accurate scale drawing.
Produced by A.J. Reynolds August 2007