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Maths in Work: Calculating Distance to the Horizon

Created on 13 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 November 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Title Calculating Distance to the Horizon
Organisation P&O Ferries - Thomas McAuley
Thomas McAuley is Navigation Officer on the P & O ferry ‘Pride of Hull’. He discusses the importance of mathematics for anyone wishing to work as a pilot on a ship. In this clip he demonstrates the way to measure the visible distance to the horizon using Pythagoras Theorum. The mathematics used, involves tangents, right angles, radius, circles, Pythagoras and distance in metres.

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Circles, Pythagoras, Radius, Tangents
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