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 February 27th, 2017, 07:07 PM #1 Senior Member   Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 371 Thanks: 26 Math Focus: Number theory Strange time If the time is 23:59:59 Military time, what time is it on an eight-hour clock?
 February 27th, 2017, 07:19 PM #2 Global Moderator     Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada - The Forest City Posts: 7,842 Thanks: 1068 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond One second before eight o'clock, I guess.
February 27th, 2017, 07:25 PM   #3
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 Originally Posted by Loren If the time is 23:59:59 Military time, what time is it on an eight-hour clock?
An eight hour clock? Well it would be 7:59:59 ZM, where the day is divided into AM, PM, and ZM.

 February 27th, 2017, 07:52 PM #4 Senior Member   Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 371 Thanks: 26 Math Focus: Number theory I thought that an eight-hour clock would not have eights or nines, something like base 8. Also, I pictured a minute having 40 seconds and an hour having 40 minutes. I guess one way to start would be to calculate how many seconds were in 23:59:59 and follow these premises. I don't believe it's as easy as per usual subtracting one second off of a standard clock.
 February 28th, 2017, 01:16 AM #5 Senior Member   Joined: Apr 2014 From: Glasgow Posts: 2,125 Thanks: 714 Math Focus: Physics, mathematical modelling, numerical and computational solutions You'd have to pick a point where you define the clocks to be the same value (say, 00:00 at midnight) and then just count up the seconds from there.
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 Originally Posted by Loren I thought that an eight-hour clock would not have eights or nines, something like base 8. Also, I pictured a minute having 40 seconds and an hour having 40 minutes. I guess one way to start would be to calculate how many seconds were in 23:59:59 and follow these premises. I don't believe it's as easy as per usual subtracting one second off of a standard clock.
That's debatable , a 24 hour clock has numbers 24 to 59 so .... doesn't look like a tight constraint on the clock modulus.

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