In your math class one morning you finish a quiz early. While you are waiting, you watch the clock as it ticks off five minutes. The time on the clock reads 9:00. Your recent lessons have taught you that one way to measure the position of something on a circle is to use an angle. Suddenly it occurs to you that this can be applied to clocks. Can you determine the angle between the two hands of the clock?
Read on, and at the completion of this Concept, you'll be able to determine the angle between the hands of a clock to answer this question.
James Sousa: Determine Angles of Rotation
A lot of interesting information about rotations and how to measure them can come from looking at clocks. We are so familiar with clocks in our daily lives that we don't often stop to think about these little devices, with hands continually rotating. Let's take a few minutes in this Concept for a closer look at these examples of rotational motion.
The hands of a clock show 11:20. Express the obtuse angle formed by the hour and minute hands in radian measure.
Solution: The following diagram shows the location of the hands at the specified time.
The hands of a clock show 4:15. Express the acute angle formed by the hour and minute hands in radian measure.
The hands of a clock show 2:30. Express the acute angle formed by the hour and minute hands in radian measure.
Radian: A radian (abbreviated rad) is the angle created by bending the radius length around the arc of a circle.
The following image shows a 24-hour clock in Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil.
2. What is the angle between each number of the clock expressed to the nearest tenth of a radian? What about in degree measure?
Concept Problem Solution
- How many times in 12 hours will the hour and minute hands overlap?
- When is the first time after 12:00 that the hour and minute hands will overlap exactly?