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February 27th, 2017, 07:07 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 435 Thanks: 28 Math Focus: Number theory  Strange time
If the time is 23:59:59 Military time, what time is it on an eighthour clock?

February 27th, 2017, 07:19 PM  #2 
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One second before eight o'clock, I guess.

February 27th, 2017, 07:25 PM  #3 
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February 27th, 2017, 07:52 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 435 Thanks: 28 Math Focus: Number theory 
I thought that an eighthour 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 
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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.

February 28th, 2017, 01:35 AM  #6  
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