Thread: DMS for to decimal form?

1. DMS for to decimal form?

Is this considered trigonometry?

also help on these DMS forms.
say...

$\displaystyle 29^o54^\prime21^{\prime\prime}$

$\displaystyle 18^o36^\prime21^{\prime\prime}$

How would these be changed into decimal form and radian form?

2. Originally Posted by crosser43
Is this considered trigonometry?

also help on these DMS forms.
say...

$\displaystyle 29^o54^\prime21^{\prime\prime}$

$\displaystyle 18^o36^\prime21^{\prime\prime}$

How would these be changed into decimal form and radian form?
To change from DMS to decimal form, remember that
1 degree = 60 minutes = 3,600 seconds.

So convert by dividing by the conversion factors:
$\displaystyle 29^o54^\prime21^{\prime\prime}$
\displaystyle \begin{aligned} &= 29^{\circ} + \left(\frac{54}{60}\right)^{\circ} + \left(\frac{21}{3600}\right)^{\circ} \\ &\approx 29.906^{\circ} \end{aligned}

To convert to radians, take the decimal form and multiply by $\displaystyle \frac{\pi}{180}$:
$\displaystyle 29.906^{\circ}\left(\frac{\pi\;\text{rad}}{180^{\c irc}}\right) \approx 0.522\;\text{rad}$

I'll let you do the other one.

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3. Thank you, i understand perfectly. Very helpful.