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Historical Note on Degree of Arc
The division of the circle into $360$ degrees originates from the Babylonians, who used a sexagesimal (base $60$) number system for the purposes of mathematics and astronomy.
Degrees are usually the first way of measuring angles taught to mathematics students, usually at grade school.
Conveniently, the most commonly used angles in geometry (for example $30 \degrees$, $45 \degrees$, $60 \degrees$) are all whole numbers when measured in degrees.
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- Weisstein, Eric W. "Degree." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource. https://mathworld.wolfram.com/Degree.html