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There are 100 gradians (gons) in a right angle. 1 gradian of arc = 100km at the equator. The unit was originally defined by French artillerymen and subsequently taken up by surveyors.
 10 degrees in a Dekan
1/36th of a circle. This unit was used by ancient Egyptians, which divided the circle of the Zodiac into 36 divisions. The unit is still used sometimes in astrology, where one dekan equals 1/3 sign.
 45 degrees in an Octant
An octant is 1/8 of a circle.
 60 degrees in a Sextant
 72 degrees in a Quintant
72Âº is 1/5 of a circle.
 90 degrees in a Right Angle
 180 degrees in a Straight Angle
 360 degrees in a Circle
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