Lesson 8, Topic 1
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# Three Figure Bearings

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#### Topic Content:

• Three Figure Bearings (True Bearings)
• Conversions between Compass and True Bearings

1. A three-figure bearing is always measured from North in a clockwise direction.

2. A three-figure bearing is usually given in 3 โ figures e.g., 035 (but 35ยบ), 125ยบ, etc.

Due North = 000ยบ
Due East = 090ยบ
Due South = 180ยบ
Due West = 270ยบ

3. When the number of digits in a bearing is less than 3, always add extra zeroes before the bearing to make the digits three.

When writing true bearings, we always use 3 digits to describe the angle. If the angle measure is less than 100ยบ, then we would write something like 040ยบ (for 40ยบ) or 004ยบ (for 4ยบ). This makes it clear that we are referring to a three-figure bearing (true bearing) measurement.

### Example 8.1.1:

Write down the three-figure bearing of each of the following directions.

(a) N 35ยบ E
(b) N 60ยบ W
(c) S 50ยบ W
(d) S 48ยบ E

Solution

(a) N 35ยบ E

(b) N 60ยบ W

First, draw the compass direction

Three figure bearings start from North in a Clockwise direction to meet the given point or direction.

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