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### Clockwise and Counterclockwise

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Date: 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
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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.

more, or if you have any other questions.

- Doctor Ian, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Associated Topics:
Elementary Circles
Elementary Definitions
Middle School Conic Sections/Circles
Middle School Definitions

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