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" The difference of longitude, or difference between 4 46' and 13° 8', is 8° 22', or 502 miles.
With the radius AB, or sine 90°, describe the arc BE, on which set off' BE502 miles. With the cosine of 46° 5'=AC, describe the arc CD. Join AE, intersecting CD in D. Draw the A right line CD, and it will be the meridional distance.
Make an angle CAB, whose measuring arc is = 46° 5' the latitude. On one of the legs set off AB=502 disference of longitude, and
A from its outer extremity let fall the perpendicular BC. AC will be the meridional distance.
Solution by the Line of Longitude. Opposite to 46° = the latitude on the line of chords, stands 411, the number of miles in a degree of longitude in that latitude. Therefore, 60 : 411 :: 502 : 348 miles, the meridional distance or departure.
By the Traverse Table.
With the colatitude = 44o as a course, and, half the difference of longitude = 251 as distance, is found 174 departure, which doubled is = 348, the meridional distance or departure.
MIDDLE LATITUDE SAILING.
MIDDLE LATITUDE SAILING is a method of finding a ship's place on the globe, by applying the principles of parallel sailing to a course made good on an oblique rhumb.
When a ship sails on an oblique rhumb, that is, on a course between the meridian and parallel, she alters at the same time both her latitude and meridional distance. But the departure, found by plane sailing, will not be her 'meridional distance, either at the latitude sailed from or come to. For, at the greater latitude it will be too great, because the meridians converge toward the poles ; and for a contrary reason, it will be too small at the less latitude. Whence it follows, that the departure is the true meridional distance, measured on a parallel, which lies between the two extreme parallels, namely, that sailed from and
In middle latitude sailing, the departure is taken for the meridional distance, measured on the paral
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lel of the middle latitude '; and, though these be not strictly equal, yet the error, which arises from this method, is of no consequence in a day's run, except in very high latitudes.
The middle latitude is found by taking half the sum of the two latitudes, if of the same name ; or half their dif. ference, if of contrary names, and the questions are solved by the help of the following proportions.
1. "Cosine middle latitude
: Difference of longitude.
Cosine middle latitude
: Difference of longitude.
* This proportion is deduced from the foregoing, as is here demonstrated.
MERCATOR'S SAILING is the method of finding a ship’s place on the globe ; by Mercator's chart, or equivalent tabies.
In Mercator's chart the meridians are drawn parallel to each other, as in the plane chart, and therefore the merid. jonai distance is every where the same. But, in order to compensate for this error, parallels of latitude, which are equidistant on the globe, are not so on the chart, but are more distant the higher their latitudes. Or, in other words, the degrees of the meridian are not all equal, but increase in length the more remote they are from the equator. And this is so provided, that any very minute part of the artificial meridian bears the same proportion to a like part of the parallel of its latitude, as do the like parts of both on the globe itself.*
* This method of constructing a chart of the world, whose meridians and parallels are right lines, is hinted at in the writings of PTOLEMY. GERARD MERCATOR first published one of these charts, in 1556, with the theory of which he did not appear to be acquainted, for the parts of his meridian were not increased in the true ratio. In the year 1599. Mr. EDWARD WRIGHT pube lished his Correction of Errors in Navigation, in which the theory is demonstrated, and the method of computation by a table of meridional parts explained. And Dr. HALLEY, in the Philo. sophical Transactions, first demonstrated, that the artificial me. ridian. line is a scale of logarithmic cangeats of half the colaticudes, beginning with radius.
The distance of any parallel of latitude from the equator, on Mercator's chart, is as the sum of the secants of all the arcs of latitude, beginning at o, and increasing arithmetically, by an indefinitely small common difference, till the last arc be that of the given latitude.
Let ED rep
resent an arc of latitude, Then AF will be its cosine, and AG its secant, Thę triangles ADF, AGE, are similar, for they are right-angled, and have a common angle at A.
radius : AF, = cosine of lat. 1:: AG=secant of lat. ; AE=radius. · Which was to be proved.
+ DÉMONSTRATION. Radius : cosine lat.' :: part of the equator like part of the parallel.