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B Directions of Vectors

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  1. Sep 14, 2018 #1
    What's the difference between saying that a vector's direction is north of east and north east?
     
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  3. Sep 14, 2018 #2

    Dale

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    Northeast is 45 degrees north of east. 5 degrees north of east is not quite northeast, it is mostly east.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2018 #3

    sophiecentaur

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    I haven't come across this phrase in my Nav courses. There is North by North East and there is East by North East, which lie on either side of North East. However, it is more usual to use Degrees and minutes (and decimals of a minute) to describe a bearing or course.
    It's a long time since students of navigation were required to "Box the Compass", which is reciting all 32 points of the compass.
     
  5. Sep 15, 2018 at 1:26 PM #4

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    In intro classes, "north of east" means go "north of the eastern direction" (trying to describe a counterclockwise acute angle from the positive x-axis).

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    Then I feel compelled to ask the puzzle...
    a hunter travels one mi South, then one mi East, then one mi North and is at the same position the hunter started....
    what color bear...?
    (then ask if there are other places on Earth where one can do that sequence of steps and end up at the same place).
     
  6. Sep 15, 2018 at 4:23 PM #5

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    The meaning of that nomenclature is very vague. North of East could take you one minute of arc or almost 90 degrees. (Adding a N vector of undefined magnitude)
    Which 'intro classes' use it?
     
  7. Sep 15, 2018 at 5:45 PM #6

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    It's common nomenclature in the Intro Physics forum. I'm guessing it's part of intro physics classes, before they learn the more rigorous vector polar notation standards.
     
  8. Sep 15, 2018 at 5:56 PM #7

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    No better than “left hand down a bit”
     
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