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Question Set: Wayfinding and Navigation

NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:

  1. Why do you think latitude has been historically easier to estimate than longitude?
  2. What were some of the historical or traditional methods of wayfinding and navigating? What are some of the modern technological methods? What do they have in common?
  3. What methods would you use to navigate from your home:
    1. to school?
    2. to another country?
    3. to an island in the Pacific ocean basin?
  4. How is wayfinding similar to navigating? How are they different?
  5. Why do you think many methods of navigation rely on celestial bodies?
  6. How do you think using the North Star and the sun to navigate in the northern hemisphere would be different?
  7.  What are the advantages and disadvantages of the following:
    1. magnetic compass
    2. dead reckoning
    3. GPS
    4. sextant
    5. nautical charts
    6. radar
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