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Maths in Work: Checking a Ship is 'On-Course'

Created on 13 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 November 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Title Checking a Ship is 'On-Course'
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 how he uses a fixed object such as an oil-rig, to find out if he is on-course. The mathematics used, involves formulae, angles, isoceles triangles, distance and bearings.

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Angles, Distance, Formula, Isosceles Triangles
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