Why, why, why is a full circle called 360 degrees? Well.. It all started with the Babylonians.
For the Babylonians, counting was based on a Sexagesimal System, or a base of 60. The Babylonians would have symbols for the numbers 1 t0 59, and when they got up to 60, they would combine those symbols to make the number 60.
Here is what the symbols looked like:
Another reason why we call a full circle 360 degrees is because the Babylonians had a calendar that consisted of 360 days. The earth takes about 360 days to rotate all around the sun.
ALSO, the number 360 is very convenient. The number 360 is able to be divided by a lot of different numbers such as 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, and 15.
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