What is Latitude? - Definition, Calculation & Examples


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Which of the following accurately describes the general meaning of 'latitude'?

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1. Which of the following is the latitude at the South Pole?

2. Which of the following is not a parallel (latitude) line?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to test your understanding about the meaning and use of latitude. You will also be asked to calculate latitude in the quiz.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment will check your ability to:

  • Define latitude
  • Identify the latitude of the South Pole
  • Identify latitude lines
  • Calculate latitude
  • Identify the latitude of the equator

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about navigation in a different light
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve latitude calculation practice problems
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast latitude and longitude
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about navigation

Additional Learning

Before your GPS system could tell you your location, navigators relied on latitude and longitude. Review this interactive lesson, What is Latitude? - Defintion, Calculation & Examples, to review this topic. This lesson covers:

  • Defining latitude
  • Calculating latitude
  • Indentifying reference points related to latitude