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# What latitude has the airplane reached?

An airplane takes off from a location at 17° S. latitude and flies to a new location 55 degrees due north of its starting point.

Asked by Geographyteach, Last updated: Sep 12, 2024

#### Ken Wilson

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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.

#### Markda John

Markda John

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.

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

John Smith

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