Analog and Digital Time
Date: 11/15/2004 at 01:02:00 From: natalie Subject: what is analog time What is 4:05 in analog time? I don't get what analog time is. Is it something like 24 hours? Or is it something else?
Date: 11/15/2004 at 14:41:08 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: what is analog time Hi, Natalie. Numbers can be represented in either analog or digital form. "Analog" means that we are making an analogy between the number and some quantity we can sense, such as a position on a graph or the angle of a needle on a gauge. "Digital" means that we are showing a numerical form (digits), that you have to read. For example, on older cars, the speedometer is analog (a needle whose position represents the speed), while the odometer is digital (numbers click into place to show how far you have driven). Some new cars have digital speedometer and odometer, both shown electronically. Each type is useful in a different way. Analog representation makes it easy to see how large a number is at a glance; digital representation tells you the exact number, as closely as the instrument can determine, so you can more easily write down the value. Old clocks are analog: they show the time by the positions of the hands, so that you can quickly see when it is getting close to a certain time. Many new clocks are digital, showing "4:05" (or whatever time it is) directly so you can say it or write it down, but may have to think a bit to decide how close it is to 3:55. (Until digital clocks were invented, we never called analog clocks analog; we just called them clocks!) So you are being asked to show what position the hands of an old-style clock would be in at that time. If you have any further questions, feel free to write back. - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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