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Maths in Work: Checking a Ship's Course using Trignometry

Created on 13 October 2008 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 15 November 2013 by ncetm_administrator
Title Checking a Ship's Course using Trignometry
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 shows how he can find out the ship’s position using a sextant to view a distant object such as a light house. The mathematics used, involves trignometry.

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Distance, Sextant, Trignometry
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