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Position 3 (Very Easy)

So, you have made it to the third of our Very Easy Eleven Plus maths quizzes on Position. By now you will be quite familiar with the points on a compass, and you should also be getting to grips with the number of degrees you should turn, and in which direction, to face in another direction.

Knowing your 9 times table will help you to know how many degrees you should turn. Why? Because there are 90° in one-quarter turn, 180° in one-half turn, 270° in three-quarter turns, and 360° in one full turn. That’s your 90 times table, which is the same as the 9 times table, but with a zero added. So, you’ll know that a turn and a quarter would be five-quarter turns: 5 x 9 = 45, so a turn and a quarter will be 450°.

Okay, are you ready to begin the quiz? Take your time and think about your answers before you choose the correct one. See whether or not you can find your way to the end. Good luck!

1.
If you face West and turn through 540° anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
North
East
South
West
'Anticlockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the opposite direction to which the hands of the clock turn: the hands of the clock turn 'clockwise'. 540° = six lots of 90°, or one and a half rotations
2.
Starting from North, what is the order of the four compass points if read anticlockwise?
North, East, South, West
North, South, East, West
North, South, West, East
North, West, South, East
This mnemonic will help you remember the order of the compass points if read clockwise:
Never Eat Soggy Worms
To read them anticlockwise, say North first and then reverse the order of the other three points
3.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun rises in the East. From which direction does the Sun rise in the Southern Hemisphere?
North
East
South
West
In both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West. However, in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun is always in the Southern part of the sky, while in the Southern Hemisphere, it is always in the Northern part of the sky.
4.
If you face North, what is the compass point 90° to your left?
East
South
West
Impossible to say
To your left is another way of saying anticlockwise. Make a little drawing and you will see that it is West
5.
If you face North and turn through 90° anticlockwise, what direction will you be facing now?
North
East
South
West
'Anticlockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the opposite direction to which the hands of the clock turn: the hands of the clock turn 'clockwise'. 90° = one-quarter of a turn from North to West
6.
If you face West and want to face South, you should turn…
… through 90° clockwise
… through 270° anticlockwise
… through 270° clockwise
… through 180° anticlockwise
'Clockwise' means that you turn (rotate) in the same direction to which the hands of the clock turn: the hands of the clock turn 'clockwise'. 270° = three lots of 90° or a three-quarter turn.
90° anticlockwise would also work, but that was not one of the available answers
7.
An aeroplane is heading South, but the airport is to its West. Which of the following would be the simplest turn it could make to be facing in the right direction?
A 90° turn clockwise
A 270° turn anticlockwise
A 450° turn clockwise
A 630° turn anticlockwise
All of the options would result in the aeroplane facing West:
A 90° turn clockwise is one-quarter turn from South to West and so the simplest,
A 270° turn anticlockwise is three-quarter turns from South to East, East to North and North to West,
A 450° turn clockwise is five-quarter turns. Four will take it from South back to South, and the fifth would take it from South to West,
A 630° turn anticlockwise is seven-quarter turns. Four will take it from South back to South, the fifth from South to East, the sixth from East to North and the seventh from North to West
8.
Ship A is heading West when it makes a 90° turn in a clockwise direction.
Ship B is heading East. What angle must Ship B turn through to face in the same direction as Ship A?
A 90° turn in an anticlockwise direction
A 90° turn in a clockwise direction
A 270° turn in an anticlockwise direction
A 180° turn in an anticlockwise or a clockwise direction
If Ship A is heading West and makes a 90° turn clockwise, it will now be heading North.
If Ship B is heading East and wants to head North, then it could make either a 270° turn in a clockwise direction, or a 90° turn in an anticlockwise direction. However, only one of these options was available
9.
If you face East, what is the compass point 270° to your left?
North
South
West
Impossible to say
To your left is another way of saying anticlockwise, and 270° is three lots of 90°, or three-quarter turns. Make a little drawing and you will see that it is South
10.
If you face South and want to face East, you should turn…
… through 90° anticlockwise
… through 90° clockwise
… through 270° anticlockwise
… through 450° clockwise
90° anticlockwise would take you from 6 o’clock (South) back to 3 o’clock (East).
270° clockwise would also work, but that was not one of the options
Author:  Frank Evans

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