Clockwise and CounterclockwiseDate: 03/19/2001 at 13:07:07 From: hannah Subject: Help! Hi Dr. Math, I don't know what to write if I have a question that says: What does clockwise mean? Yours sincerely, Hannah Date: 03/19/2001 at 15:25:13 From: Doctor Ian Subject: Re: Help! Hi Hannah, Draw (or just imagine) a big circle on the floor. Walk around the circle. There are two directions you can go, right? If you move in one direction, the center of the circle stays to your right. If you move in the other direction, the center of the circle stays to your left. Now imagine that the circle is the face of a clock, and think about which way the hands would move. If you walk in the same direction as the hands (with the center of the circle to your right), you're moving 'clockwise' - that is, the way a clock moves. If you walk in the other direction (with the center of the circle to your left), you're moving 'counter-clockwise' - that is, opposite to the way a clock moves. I hope this helps. Let me know if you'd like to talk about this some more, or if you have any other questions. - Doctor Ian, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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