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Quick question about compass/degree

  1. Jan 15, 2013 #1
    My text book has an answer written as 50° SW. I thought 50° was NE?...Does the book mean -50°(230°)?

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  3. Jan 15, 2013 #2


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    Could be they mean 50° South of West, equivalent to 180° + 50° = 230°.

    -50° would be equivalent to 310°.
  4. Jan 15, 2013 #3
    OHHH south OF west haha I understand. Thanks!
  5. Jan 16, 2013 #4


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    Wouldn't that be 50 degrees West of South :-)

    West is 270 degrees so 50 degrees South of West would be 220.
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