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Homework Help: Physics/Nautical Mile

Posted by Mike on Saturday, October 6, 2007 at 2:56am.

My previous posts have dramatically improved my understanding of how a NM is derived but other questions have been raised:

In most books entitled "Pass your Day Skipper" or "Yachtmaster" or similar nautical/navigational publications Latitude is described and illustrated as the angular distance 0 degrees to 90 degrees either N or S of the equator and in the illustrations the angles are drawn using a common centre of the earth. Is it fair to assume this is an appropriate simplification of the more complex reality.

I am having difficulty assimilating what used to be my understanding ie. the simplified version and my new understanding the more complex version.

OR am I just becoming more confused?

Mike

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