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What latitude has the plane (in the scenario below) reached if an airplane takes off from a location at 17 S latitude and flies to a new location 55 due north of its starting point?

 

1. 28°N
2. 38°N
3. 55°N
4. 72°N
5. 38°S 

This question is part of ib geography pre-test
Asked by Geographyteach, Last updated: Oct 19, 2020

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Ken Wilson

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Answered Dec 14, 2018

The answer to this question is 2. If an airplane takes off from a location at 17 S latitude and flies to a new location 55 due north of its starting point, then the plane will have successfully reached a latitude of 38 degrees north. This can be answered with a little bit of math and some critical thinking. Keep in mind that the equator is 0 degrees, so the airplane has crossed it on the journey to the new location.

Since the plane started at 17 S, you could treat it as a number line which means that 17S is also -17 degrees. If the airplane continued north for 55 degrees, then you could subtract that -17 from 55 and you will arrive at the correct answer of 38 degrees north.

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Markda John

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Answered Jan 01, 2018

The correct answer to the question “What latitude has the plane reached” if “an airplane takes off from a location at 17 S latitude and flies to a new location 55 due north of its starting point” is 38 degrees north (2). The answer is fairly simple to explain. We all know that the equator is 0 degrees, and we should take that into account if the airplane has crossed the equator.

Now, we should assign the latitude south as a negative value. In this scenario, we can assume that the airplane started at -17 degrees. So, if the airplane flew 55 degrees north, then it would just mean that the latitude is 55 degrees minus 17 degrees. Using that formula, we will get the answer: 38 degrees North.

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John Adney

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Answered Nov 30, 2017

After traveling that distance it has reached 38 degrees because if the fact that polaris has something to do with it

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John Smith

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Answered Dec 20, 2016

38°n
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