Angle Measure in Degrees
- Albert Navetta
Degrees vs Radians
Most readers will be familiar with angles expressed in degrees. As there are radians in a circle, there are 360 degrees. We denote 360 degrees with the shorthand . If an angle is expressed without the degree symbol (), then the angle is in radians. For example, means angle theta is equal to 20 degrees, but means angle alpha is equal to 20 radians. Note that the angle for half of the unit circle is and also rad, so we use the fractions to convert between the different units of angle measure. The technique is known as unit analysis and is useful in all sciences. EX: Convert to radians.
rad.EX: Convert rad to degrees.
Sub Units: Degrees, Minutes, Seconds