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Clock Sequencing

Observe the angle which is formed by the hour hand and the minute hand of the Clock on your wall. Measure the degree by which a minute hand moves every 5 minutes or the hour hand moves every 15 minutes. A lot many questions have been asked related to the movement of clocks.
Take a specially created short test on Clock sequencing:

1. It is 0 hr 0 min at present. How many degrees will the minute hand move by the time it is 2 hr 30 min

a. 720
b. 900
c. 880
d. 450


2. A clock shows the time as 4:00. After hour hand has mover 150 degrees, the time would be

a. 8:00
b. 10:00
c. 7:00
d. 9:00


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3. By how many degrees the hour hand moves in one hour

a. 30
b. 15
c. 60
d. 90


4. A clock shows 7 O'clock. by how many degrees will the hour hand rotate when the clock shows 11 O'clock

a. 60
b. 120
c. 150
d. 240


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5. When the time in the clock is 3:20 PM. The acute angle between the hour hand and the minute hand is

a. 15
b. 10
c. 18
d. 20


6. In a period of 3 hr 10 min, the needle hand will move over how many degrees

a. 1140
b. 1000
c. 1180
d. 1040


7. When the time in the clock is 4:30 PM the acute angle between the hour hand and the minute hand is

a. 60 degree
b. 45 degree
c. 75 degree
d. 50 degree


8. A clock shows 3:00. By how many degrees the minute hand will rotate when it is 3 hr 2 min

a. 15
b. 2
c. 20
d. 12


9. When the time in the clck is 3:30 PM. What is the exterior angle between the hour hand and the minute hand

a. 285 degree
b. 75 degree
c. 315 degree
d. 15 degree


10. It is 2:00 PMin the clock. By how many degree the hour hand will rotate when it is 2:30 PM

a. 30
b. 45
c. 15
d. 10


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Now, How do we arrive at various calculations. Well it is like this:

A- Movement of hour hand:
1. 360 degree in 12 hour
2. 30 degree in 1 hour
3. 15 degree in 1/2 hour

B- Movement of Minute hand:
4. 360 degree in 60 minute
5. 6 degree in 1 minute

When you have to calculate the acute angle between a time say 3:20PM then the movement of hour hand should also be taken into account. The calculation is like this:
If hour hand is exactly at 3 hr and minute hand is at 20 minute then the angle between them will be 30 degree. The movement of hour hand in 20 minutes will be (30 degree in 1 hour or 60 minutes i.e. (30/60)*20 = 10 degrees). So the acute angle is 30 - 10 =20 degree.


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