# Maths SL IA

August 12, 2018 | Author: Navjosh | Category: Sphere, Longitude, Latitude, Distance, Elementary Mathematics

Maths SL IA...

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Introduction The great-circle distance1 is the shortest distance shortest distance between two points two points on the surface of a sphere, a sphere, measured  measured along the surface of the sphere. Euclidean geometry states that on a flat map the length of the t he straight line between two points can be used to calculate the distance between the points. While in Non-Euclidean, there are no straight lines on sphere rather they are substituted by geodesics which on sphere is referred to shortest course course between two two points on earth. Along the two two points located on sphere, which are not face to face, there always lies a unique great circle. Though earth is not an accurate sphere, but still the same formulas used for spherical calculations can be applicable in determining the great circle distance. Since I love travelling, last time when I travelled on an airplane, I came across a question that is how pilots determine their route. So I researched about what is that the pilots do to navigate around in the sky. This was when I came to know about the way pilots use spherical geometry and spherical trigonometry to find the shortest distance between two places on Earth. So this was why I chose this topic. With this investigation I am sure I will find how pilots determine their route with solid, more scientific, mathematical theory and come to conclusions that could help me answer my questions. A

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Introduction includes a clear description of the aim and rationale

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great-circle_distance

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Statement of task In my exploration, I am going to find the shortest distance between two places on Earth with help of spherical geometry and spherical trigonometry. I will be using globe for my numerical calculations. I will be choosing four countries on globe. Then I am going to draw the great circle and find the longitude and latitude of the countries on the great circle. Therefore with the use of spherical trigonometry I will be calculating and finding the shortest distance. Mathematical exploration relates

C

to personal Interest.

What is great circle distance and how does it matter? Latitude2  - Latitude is the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth's equator, or of the equator of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes.

B

Key terms are well defined

Longitude3  –  Longitude is the angular distance of a place east or west of the Greenwich meridian, or west of the standard meridian of a celestial object, usually expressed in degrees and minutes. Figure 1 shows a part of world map. If we need to travel from Point A to Point B on a world map, we can take the road from A to south till C and then from C to east till B and then we reach the destination. The total distance travelled would then be length of AC + length of CB. Also, if there is any straight road from Point A to Point B, then we can simply travel through that road and the distance would be length of AB.

2 3

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/latitude https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/us/longitude

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Useful explanation appropriately supported by the diagram

FIGURE 1 If we are travelling on an aircraft and if we want to move from one city to another city we will draw a straight line between those cities. This can be seen in figure 2 where a straight line is drawn between point X and point Y on the flat world map. And if we locate the same straight line between two points on a globe, the distance shown on globe will not be equal to distance shown on a map. The reason for this is that the straight line on a sphere when drawn on a sphere turns into a great circle. A great circle basically is that circle which intersects and its plane travels through the centre of the earth. Hence, any distance calculated on the Earth’s surface is fundamentally a spherical distance or great circle distance. That is why it’s important to properly and accurately calculate the shortest distance usin g because any difference between the distance on map and great circle distance can mislead and misguide the person extremely while travelling. So to calculate an accurate distance between two places on earth, the great circle distance method is used.

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Figure 2

Appropriate explanation

How do we calculate great circle distance? There are many methods to calculate distance but many of those are done on computers using programming. So in my exploration I have chosen those two methods where mathematical implementation can be done using mathematical formulas. These methods are not very accurate as a GPS because Earth is not an exact sphere. A perfect sphere4 has the same radius from the centre of the sphere to every single point on the surface. As the earth is geographically assorted and is spinning on its axis, it is actually an oblate sphere which is flat at the poles and whose radius at the equator is slightly longer than the radius at the poles. 1. Northing/easting: This is the method where we firstly have to locate the centre

of the earth and the two places between which we will calculate distance. Then

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sphere

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we will draw a line from the centre of the earth to both the places. After that, we will be calculating the difference between the latitude and longitude of the chosen two places. This can be seen in the figure 3 where the difference is represented by north south distance(



) and east west distance(



). Once we

have calculated the difference between the longitudes and latitudes of the two places, we can use these to calculate the angle A and angle B which further which help us to calculate the north-south distance and east-west distance.

C

Evidence of Personal en a ement

Figure 3



The north-south distance will be represented by

Where

NS  depicts

=

∆

the North and south difference

between the latitudes of two places. And re  stands for mean radius of the earth

The east-west distance would be represented by

Where

Ew  depicts



=

∆

the East and West difference

between longitudes of two places and re  stands for mean radius of the earth

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After we have figured the angles, we can simply use the Pythagorean Theorem because we will have calculated the north-south distance (length AB) and the eastwest distance (length BC). With the help of Pythagorean Theorem formula we can now calculate the distance (length AC) which can be represented by formula by

B

Good use of notation

      =

(

) +(

)

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Practical implementation of the method For my practical implementation of the Northing/Easting method to calculate the shortest distance firstly I will be taking New York and Johannesburg as two cities between which I will calculate the distance and then I will be calculating the distance between Dakar and Cape Town. Mean radius of the earth = 6371 km C

Good use of an example

Distance between New York and Johannesburg In degrees

NEW YORK, USA

JOHANNESBURG, Africa

Latitude = 40.714˚

Latitude = -26.202˚

Longitude = -74.006˚

Longitude = 28.044˚

NEW YORK, USA

JOHANNESBURG, Africa

Latitude = 0.710593 ͨ

Latitude = -0.457311 ͨ

Longitude = -1.291648 ͨ

Longitude = 0.489460

Actual distance between New York and Johannesburg = 12831.2997 km

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Northing/Easting

Difference between the latitude of New York and Johannesburg = 40.714-(-26.202)

= 66.916˚ Difference between the longitude of New York and Johannesburg = ( -74.006)-28.044 = -102.05

˚

North-South distance =

∗ ∗

2π 6371 66.916 360

= 7440.720 km

East-West distance =

∗ ∗−

2π 6371 ( 102.05) 360

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= Mod(-11347.442 km) =11347.442km Shortest

distance

between

New

York

and

Johannesburg

=



(7440.720)2 + (11347.442)2

= 13569.405 km By this we can conclude that the distance calculated by this method is not very accurate as there is 7.68% difference between the actual distance and the calculated distance. Even though the percentage is small but in terms of distance this percentage is huge as the difference between both cities is around 1000 km which is a very large value.

Distance between Dakar and Cape Town In degrees

Dakar, Senegal

Cape Town, Africa

Latitude = 14.6937000˚

Latitude = -33.9258400˚

Longitude =-17.4440600˚

Longitude = 18.4232200˚

Dakar, Senegal

Cape Town, Africa

Latitude = 0.256453 ͨ

Latitude = -0.592117 ͨ

Longitude =-0.304457 ͨ

Longitude = 0.321545 ͨ

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Actual distance between Dakar and Cape Town= 6,407 km

Northing/Easting

Difference between the latitude of Dakar and Cape Town = 14.6937-(-33.9258)

=48.62˚ Difference between the longitude of Dakar and Cape Town = (-17.4441)-18.4232 = -35.867˚

North-South distance =

∗ ∗

2π 6371 48.6195 360

= 5406.2417 km

East-West distance =

∗ ∗−

2π 6371 ( 35.8673) 360

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=Mod( -3988.2618 km) =3988.2618

Shortest distance between Dakar and Cape Town =



(5406.2417)2 + (3988.2618)2

= 6718.160574 km By this we can conclude that the distance calculated by this method is not very a ccurate as there is 4.86% difference between the actual distance and the calculated distance.

2. Haversine formula: In this method too, the first step is to locate the two cities and the centre of the earth and then we will draw a line from the centre of the earth to both the cities. Under this we will just find the central subtended angle, the angle which is subtended at the centre of the earth by the two lines connecting the angle is found, and it can be used to find distance. For any two points on a sphere, the Haversine 5  of the central angle between them is given by

   −      ∅ −∅    − hav

d r

= hav φ2

φ1 + cos φ1 cos φ2 hav(

where hav is the haversine function: hav θ = sin2 B

θ 2

=

1  cos (θ) 2

Variables are well defined

d is the distance between the two points,

r is the radius of the sphere,

φ1  , φ2 : latitude of point 1 and latitude of point 2, i n radians 5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haversine_formula

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2

1)

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∅∅ 1  ,

2:

longitude of point 1 and longitude of point 2, in radians

On the left side of the equals sign

d r

is the central angle.

Solve for d by applying the inverse Haversine or by using the arcsine function: d = rhav

− 1

Where h is hav C

Good demonstration of personal involvement



h = 2r arcsin( h )

     −      ∅−∅      −      ∅ − ∅ d r

or more explicitly:

=

+

(

)

Or

d = 2r arcsin( hav φ2

φ1 + cos φ1 cos φ2 hav(

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2

1)

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Practical implementation of the method For my practical implementation of the Haversine formula to calculate the shortest distance firstly I will be taking New York and Johannesburg as two cities between which I will calculate the distance and then I will be calculating the distance between Dakar and Cape Town. Mean radius of the earth = 6371 km

Distance between New York and Johannesburg In degrees

NEW YORK, USA

JOHANNESBURG, Africa

Latitude = 40.714˚

Latitude = -26.202˚

Longitude = -74.006˚

Longitude = 28.044˚

NEW YORK, USA

JOHANNESBURG, Africa

Latitude = 0.710593 ͨ

Latitude = -0.457311 ͨ

Longitude = -1.291648 ͨ

Longitude = 0.489460

ͨ

Actual distance between New York and Johannesburg = 12831.2997 km

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Haversine Formula

E

Good mathematical manipulation of formula

     − −    −   − −      −     −        −    −                          =

( 0.457311) 0.710593 ͨ

( 101679) ͨ

=

=

.

=

=

+

+

0.710593

0.457311

0.710593

0.457311

+

0.710593

.

+ . )( .

.

=

( .

)

+ .

.

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0.457311

(

(

( .

0.489460 ( 1.291648)

1.78111

)

)

)

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     ∗   ∗∗     =

.

=

.

=

.

=

.

km

This value is still inaccurate but we can say that this value is more accurate than northing/easting method as the difference between the actual and the calculated distance is 5.75%.

Distance between Dakar and Cape Town In degrees

Dakar, Senegal

Cape Town, Africa

Latitude = 14.6937000˚

Latitude = -33.9258400˚

Longitude =-17.4440600˚

Longitude = 18.4232200˚

Dakar, Senegal

Cape Town, Africa

Latitude = 0.256453 ͨ

Latitude = -0.592117 ͨ

Longitude =-0.304457 ͨ

Longitude = 0.321545 ͨ

Actual distance between New York and Johannesburg = 12831.2997 km C

Student does a good work by showing examples of different countries

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Haversine Formula

Good demonstration of

C

learning and describing unfamiliar mathematics

=

    − −    −   − −      −     −        −    −      ( 0.592117)

0.256453  ͨͨ

( 0.84857)ͨ

=

=

.

+

0.256453ͨ

0.592117

(

0.626002

+

0.256453

0.592117

(

+

0.256453

0.592117

( .

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0.321545 ( 0.304457)

)

)

)

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                           ∗   ∗∗     .

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+ . )( .

.

+ .

=

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=

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=

B

)

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No explanation of how this value is determined .

With this formula, the difference between the actual distance and the calculated distance is 4.87%. So, we can know that any method to calculate distance will always result in inaccurate distance. These methods were used in the past when the technology was not that advanced. However, today the technology has developed to the point where we can find accurate distance through GPS.

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Limitations of Great distance formula:

Not exact distance can be calculated. There is always some difference between calculated distance and actual distance.

D 

Discussed limitation of

inaccurate distance.

the result 

High chance of math error while calculating distance.

Conclusion This exploration was really fascinating for me as I could link my exploration to the experiences of life by applying my conceptual knowledge of mathematics to develop theories. This exploration helped me to clear my doubts and made it easy for me to understand the concept of navigation. With the help of geodesic, I was able to understand the spherical geometry and trigonometry in a better way and could actually use it with ease in my exploration. The biggest lesson I learnt from this research is that any work will look hard till the time you put your effort on researching on it. The same thing happened during my project. At the starting of my project I was not at all confident on whether I will be able to complete my project or not but as I investigated on it, I came across a totally new field, learned many new things and was finally able to do my project. So, overall I enjoyed doing this exploration as through this not only I learned non-Euclidean geometry and broadened my view on maths but also it was a fun activity for me as I gathered information about different countries through this exploration.

A

Student relates the mathematical ideas and consider the significance of the result.

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Bibliography

World Map: A clickable map of world countries :-). Geology.com. Retrieved from http://geology.com/world/world-map.shtml

Inc,

G. Calculating

Distance

Coordinates. Support.groundspeak.com.

between

Two

Sets

Retrieved

of from

https://support.groundspeak.com/index.php?pg=kb.page&id=211 

York, N. Geographic coordinates of New York, New York, USA. Latitude, longitude, and elevation above sea level of New York. Dateandtime.info. Retrieved from http://dateandtime.info/citycoordinates.php?id=5128581

Geographic coordinates of Johannesburg, South Africa. Latitude, longitude, and elevation above sea level of Johannesburg. Dateandtime.info. Retrieved from http://dateandtime.info/citycoordinates.php?id=993800

Town, C. Geographic coordinates of Cape Town, South Africa. Latitude, longitude, and elevation above sea level of Cape Town. Dateandtime.info. Retrieved from http://dateandtime.info/citycoordinates.php?id=3369157

Geographic coordinates of Dakar, Senegal. Latitude, longitude, and elevation above

sea

level

of

Dakar. Dateandtime.info.

http://dateandtime.info/citycoordinates.php?id=2253354

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Assessment Criterion

A

B

C

D

E

Total

Achievement level awarded by teacher

3

2

3

2

4

14

Maximum Possible Achievement level

4

3

4

3

6

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Comments Criteria A :Communication: A3:The work is concise and easy to follow. It fulfills the aim and its complete. CriteriaB:Mathematical representation B2:There is good definition of terms. Good use of photography to generate the visual view of the problem. Criteria C:Personal Engagement C3:The student has created some examples. Some personal interest is expressed with the evidence of thinking independently. Criteria D:Reflection D2:It links with the area of maths. Student needs to put some more efforts for meaningful reflection. Criteria E:Use of Mathematics: E4:Relevent mathematics

is used. Thorough knowledge and understanding is

demonstrated.

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Background Information Before beginning with an exploration, student has made a deep study about the spherical geometry and mathematical term associated with it. Student has also gone through the Euclidean and non Euclidean geometry.

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