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Mercator's Rhumb Lines: A Multivariable Application of Arc Length

by Edward Miller (Lewis-Clark State College) and John Nord (Saint George's School, WA)

This article originally appeared in:
College Mathematics Journal
November, 1996

Subject classification(s): Calculus | Several Variable Calculus | Functions of Several Variables

Rhumb lines on a sphere correspond to straight lines on a Mercator projection. The authors parameterize the rhumb line on a sphere and finds its length.

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