how 1 degree is equal to 60 minutes?1 degree can be equal to 60 parts which should be called seconds not minutes.And 60 minutes forms 360 degree .plzz explain me it is confusing

Asked by ABHINAVSINGH | 24th Jun, 2013, 12:34: PM

Expert Answer:

A degree is traditionally divided into 60 parts called "minutes", each minute is divided into 60 parts called "seconds". To distinguish from the time units, which are of course unrelated, you can also call those divisions arc-minutes, and arc-seconds. It is, however, also quite common to just specificy fractions of a degree in decimals, as in, the Earth's axis is tilted about 23.5 degrees. 
And we can also say this in Mathematical terms that: 
1 degree=60 minutes 
We also know that : 
1 minute=60 seconds 
it means: 
1 degree = (60*60)=3600 seconds 
It means that minutes are the smaller unit for measurements of angle in "D.M.S system" than the degree and seconds are definitely even smaller than minutes. 
D.M.S system = Degree, minutes and seconds system

Answered by  | 25th Jun, 2013, 08:17: AM

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