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Hands On A Clock (Posted on 2004-07-05) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Do the three hands on an analog clock (hours, minutes, seconds) ever divide the face of the clock into three equal segments, i.e. 120 degrees between each hand?

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Solution Another Approach | Comment 5 of 23 |

Using clock face hours as the angular unit, we have m=12*h and s=720*h, where h, m, and s are the angles of the hour, minute, and second hands. We are trying to get 12*h=h+/-4+12*k and 720*h=h-/+4+12*n for some integers k and n. After a little arithmetic, these lead to

3*(719*k - 11*n) = -/+730

which is impossible since 3 does not divide 730.

Edited on July 6, 2004, 12:52 pm
  Posted by Richard on 2004-07-05 14:54:58

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