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Windows 7: Why is a day divided into 24 hours ?

25 Jun 2013   #1
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 
Why is a day divided into 24 hours ?

Why is it that a day has 24 hours and not 20 or 25 ?
Why is an hour divided into 60 minutes and not 50 ?
Why does an year have 12 months ?

What is the basis for these divisions ?
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25 Jun 2013   #2
sdadamo

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

A year has 12 months because that's the time it takes for the Earth to fully rotate around the sun; therefore one hour is 1/24 of a solar day as much as a minute is 1/60 of an hour. In Astronomy, a minute is a unit of angle and it is fully entitled as a "minute of right ascension". If you take Astronomy you'll learn more about it in-depth. We use these measurements to get accurate numbers used to define science and its information thus forth. There are leap seconds or sometimes one minute is 59 or 61 sec. It's not always as precise as that, hence why we use uncertainty in science.
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26 Jun 2013   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

And the moon takes roughly 28/29 days to orbit the earth etc.

I always thought 60 minutes was silly, but they had to name the show something LOL.

I love Astronomy.
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26 Jun 2013   #4
kronckew

Win 7 ultimate x64 sp1
 
 

i blame the sumerians for the sexagesimal system.

some places use 'grads' for measuring angles, ie. a 90 degree angle is 100 grads. a full circle has 400 grads. swatch 'internet' time divides a day into 1000 'beats'.

most of us however stick with the sumerian system because it works.
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26 Jun 2013   #5
sdadamo

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kronckew View Post
i blame the sumerians for the sexagesimal system.

some places use 'grads' for measuring angles, ie. a 90 degree angle is 100 grads. a full circle has 400 grads. swatch 'internet' time divides a day into 1000 'beats'.

most of us however stick with the sumerian system because it works.
Oh boy, watch us Americans try to get into that mess and create something that doesn't work
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26 Jun 2013   #6
FaberTech

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

I can only imagine because earth's measured time is based on the relativity of earth's movement to everything else moving in the galaxy in sequence. but I'm sure it is mostly historical. there are probably many ways we could measure time. but why fix it if it aint not workin
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26 Jun 2013   #7
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by sdadamo View Post
A year has 12 months because that's the time it takes for the Earth to fully rotate around the sun; therefore one hour is 1/24 of a solar day as much as a minute is 1/60 of an hour. In Astronomy, a minute is a unit of angle and it is fully entitled as a "minute of right ascension". If you take Astronomy you'll learn more about it in-depth. We use these measurements to get accurate numbers used to define science and its information thus forth. There are leap seconds or sometimes one minute is 59 or 61 sec. It's not always as precise as that, hence why we use uncertainty in science.
From wikipedia:
A minute of arc, arcminute, or minute arc (MOA), is a unit of angular measurement equal to one sixtieth (1⁄60) of one degree. In turn, a second of arc or arcsecond is one sixtieth (1⁄60) of one arcminute. Since one degree is defined as one three hundred and sixtieth (1⁄360) of a rotation
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But we have 24 hours in a day and 360 degrees... So 15 times as much!
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26 Jun 2013   #8
FaberTech

Windows 7 x64 / Windows Server 2008 / Linux (Redhat & Deb distros) / OS X / More
 
 

sounds good to me
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26 Jun 2013   #9
Everlong

 

A full day is actually 23 hours and 56 minutes. The extra 4 minutes is the amount of time it takes for the Sun to return to it's meridional position in the sky.
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26 Jun 2013   #10
M1GU31

Windows 10 64bit Technical Preview
 
 

Very interesting stuff here guys. Feel like I learned something new today.
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