How to Do a Resection With a Map and Compass?

Answer Orienteering -- the skill of finding your location and navigating using just a map and compass -- is a rapidly dying art in our modern world of global positioning systems, mapping websites and hiki... Read More »

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Why gyro compass is used in ships instead of magnetic compass?

Because a ship is made of metal, which can affect the accuracy of a standard magnetic compass. Also, a gyrocompass is is better able to point to the true north, which is more accurate to navigation... Read More »

How to Draw an Octagon With a Compass?

Famously depicted on stop signs, the octagon is any eight-sided polygon, no matter its shape. Although the classification of octagon contains all eight-sided shapes, the term usually brings to mind... Read More »

How to Construct a Square With a Compass?

Oftentimes, it is important when drawing up blueprints and plans to have precise shapes and measurements. A compass is a handy tool for drawing squares and many other shapes accurately. A square is... Read More »