Bearings

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Imagine you are at a point A and you want to go to a point B. You must travel in the direction that takes you from point A to point B. You can plot the positions of A and B, and find the bearing from A to B by superimposing on A a compass, with angles labelled from 0 to 360 degrees.

We can then just read off the bearing from A to B.

If A and B are given as position vectors

andthen it is useful to find the vectorand plot it, on a compass with the centre of the compass acting as A.

The bearing will be given by

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ifandare both negative

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