







A ship and a light 
20160811 

From Kirby: A ship is sailing due west when a light is observed with heading 297°50' from the ship. After the ship has travelled 2250 feet, the light heads 311°55' from the ship. If the course is continued, how close will the ship approach the light? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bearings and a rectangular plot 
20150214 

From Mubashir: A,B,C,D are the four corners of a rectangular plot marked on level ground. Given that the bearing of B from A is 040 degrees and that the bearing of C from A is 090 degrees. Calculate the bearing of
(a)B from C
(b)A from C
(c) D from C Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two ships 
20141118 

From Laura: 7. A ship leaves its home port and sails on a bearing of N28.17°E. Another ship leaves the same port at the same time and sails on a bearing of S61.83E. If the first ship sails at 24 mph and the second at 28 mph find the distance between the two ships after 4 hours. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





A triangle on the surface of the Earth 
20140626 

From Christine: A, B and C are three towns, the bearing of B and C from A being 310 degrees and 220 degrees, and their distances from A are 510km and 700km respectively. Find the bearing of B from C to the nearest minute. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Radio direction finders 
20140109 

From Nathan: Radio direction finders set up two points A and B, which are 2.5 miles
apart on an eastwest line. From A, it is found that the bearing of a
signal from a radio transmitter is N36.33 degress E, while from B the
bearing of the same signal is N53.67 degrees W. Find the distance of
the transmitter from B. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A boy walks 3km due east and 4km due north 
20130201 

From Kayode: Question from Kayode
A boy walks 3km due east and 4km due north. Find the bearing of the final point and the distance of the final position from the starting point. Answered by Harley Weston. 





My compass was off by 8 degrees 
20121030 

From Oscar: If I walked 620' and my compass was off by 8 degrees how many feet from my heading was I?
Thank You Answered by Penny Nom. 





Bearings 
20120719 

From olawale: an airplne flew from a city X on a bearing of 225deg. to another city of Y a distance 200km away. it then flew from city Y on a bearing of 30deg.w to city Z a distance of 250km. calculate the distance from X to Z correct to the nearest whole number. and also calculate the bearing of city X from Z. Answered by Penny Nom. 





COMPASS BEARING 
20100922 

From Vivinne: Three boys, Isaac, Alex and Ken are standing in different parts of a football
field.Isaac is standing 100m North of Alex. Ken is 120m East of Alex. Find
the compass bearing of Ken from Isaac. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How many ball bearings can you make from a cone? 
20090314 

From Vatsal: there is a sum in my maths book which states the following:
how many ball bearings of diameter 2.5 cm. can you get by
melting a solid metalic cone of radi. 20cm and a Hight of 5 meters?
how do i do this please tell me even the minute things like cancellatoins and where to
use = , ; or any such thing because Im a bit weak in maths Answered by Harley Weston. 





The area of a 5sided lot 
20090302 

From Linda: I have a problem I'm hoping you can provide some help with. When I check the property information for our home on our District of North Vancouver website, it shows that our property is supposed to be 1146.99 Square Metres. Yet another property which has identical measurements is listed as having 1173.7 Square Metres. I would like to figure out who is correct. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Find the resultant of this displacement pair 
20090222 

From katydidit: Find the resultant of this displacement pair:
500 miles at 75 degrees east of north and
1500 miles at 20 degrees west of south.
How do I graph this and how do I solve this problem? Answered by Penny Nom. 





How far was the ship from the tower at 1:30 p.m? 
20080907 

From sam: A passenger on a ship sailing north at 5.0 mph noticed that at noon a radio tower on land was due east of the ship. At 1:30 p.m., the bearing of the tower from the ship was S35degreesE. How far was the ship from the tower at 1:30 p.m. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





What is the bearing to the ship from port? 
20080906 

From Rita: A ship leaves the port of Miami with a bearing of S80degreesE and a speed of 15 knots. After 1 hour, the ship turns 90 degrees toward the south. After 2 hours, maintaining the same speed, what is the bearing to the ship from port? Answered by Penny Nom. 





A dog and a fire hydrant 
20080306 

From Brittany: A bulldog is walking east along Main St. at a speed of 4 miles per hour. He wants to get to a fire hydrant on a parallel street. Initially, the bearing to the hydrant is south 62 degrees east. After 20 minutes, the bearing is south 41 degrees east. If the bulldog continues his walk, what is the closest he will be to the hydrant? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Ball bearings in an oil can 
20071203 

From Lisa: One hundred ball bearings with radius 5 mm are dropped into a cylindrical can, which is half full of oil.
The height of the cylinder is 20 cm and the radius is 8 cm.
By how much does the level of the oil rise? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The bearings of a ship's journey 
20070720 

From sugar: A ship starts from point osail eastward for 6 hours. Then changes its course to N50E for 8 hours and then N62W for 10 hours until it reaches the point c. If the speed of the ship was imi/h, what is the bearing of the side oc? Answered by Harley Weston. 





What is the bearing from the port to the ship? 
20070718 

From fhay: A ship leaves a port and sails for 4 hours on a course of 78 degrees at 18 knots. Then the ship changes its course to 168 degrees and sails for 6 hours at 16 knots. After 10 hours(a) what is the distance of the ship from a port and (b) what is the bearing from the port to the ship? Answered by Harley Weston. 





How far from the port is the point where the ship turned? 
20070219 

From Chris: I was confused on this problem. If a ship leaves port and travel due east. At a certain point it turns 65 degrees south of east and travels b=322 nautical miles to a point 461 nautical miles on a direct line from port. How far from the port is the point where the ship turned? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Bearings 
20061122 

From Suzy: Mr. John wants to fly her airplane from point A to B, a distance of 450 miles. If B has a heading of 60 degrees from A, and there is a constant wind from the southeast blowing at 60 mph, find the speed and heading she should maintain in order to land at B in 90 minutes. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





An aircraft going from city A to city B 
20060510 

From Preston: An aircraft going from city A to city B on a bearing of S69 degrees East is traveling at a speed of 430 mph. The wind is blowing out of the north to south at a speed of 25 mph. Find the ground speed and the plane's true bearing. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Find the ground speed and the planes true heading. 
20060205 

From Jimmie: An aircraft going from city A to city B on a bearing of S69E (degrees) is traveling at a speed of 430 mph. The wind is blowing out of the north to south at a speed of 25 mph. Find the ground speed and the planes true heading. Answered by Penny Nom. 





X is due north of Y ... 
20040811 

From A student: X is due north of Y and 2km distant. Z is due east of Y and has a bearing of S35°12'E from X. How far, to the nearest metre, is Z from X? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Finding bearings 
20040524 

From James: This question is about finding bearings. A boat race starts from point A, goes North to Point B, a distance of 1000 meters. The course is triangular. The bearing from point B to point C is South 70degrees West. The distance from Point B to point C is 1500 meters. Find the course bearing from C to A.
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two trig problems 
20030610 

From Bett:
I have this ongoing trouble with trig and solving triangles with laws of cosines and sines!! For example if it asks to solve triangle FGH, given angle G=102.7 , side f=14.2, and h=18.6. Now do I use law of cosines because I don't have the measure of an angle and length of the opposite side??I don't know where to go from here,I am totally confused!!! I also have a problem with this word problem I have been doing. It asks: An airplane flies 847.5 km at a bearing of 237.3 degrees. How far south and west fo its original position is it? Huh? Please help! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Vector Problem 
20001127 

From Ben: An aircraft can fly 260km/h in still air and the wind is blowing at 70km/h towards the West. In what direction should the aircraft head so that its actual velocity is on a bearing of 030 degrees? Answered by Harley Weston. 

