Standard Position
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Definition of Standard Position
Angle in standard position is an angle drawn on the xy plane with its vertex at the origin and its initial side along the positive xaxis.
More About Standard Position
 If the terminal side of an angle in standard position turns counterclockwise, then the angle is positive.
 If the terminal side of an angle in standard position turns clockwise, then the angle is negative.
Video Examples:Angles in Standard Position
Example of Standard Position

The figure below shows a positive angle.
Solved Example on Standard Position
Ques: A lighthouse makes an angle of 130° from ship due north as shown in the figure. Find the location of the lighthouse in terms of an angle in standard position.
Choices:
A. 230°B. 320°
C. 310°
D. 130°
Correct Answer: B
Solution:

Step 1: The location of the lighthouse in terms of an angle in standard position is 360°  40° = 320°.
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