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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 1 Time and Calendars A Lesson in the Math + Fun! Series

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 2 About This Presentation EditionReleasedRevised FirstMay 2006 This presentation is part of the Math + Fun! series devised by Behrooz Parhami, Professor of Computer Engineering at University of California, Santa Barbara. It was first prepared for special lessons in mathematics at Goleta Family School during three school years ( ). Math + Fun! material can be used freely in teaching and other educational settings. Unauthorized uses are strictly prohibited. © Behrooz Parhami

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 3 A Brief History of Timekeeping First atomic clock, (US National Bureau of Standards, 1949) Ancient Sundial (1 st or 2 nd Century AD) Modern $50 Atomic Clock Two Grandfather Clocks (17 th and 18 th Centuries) Pocket Watch and Wristwatch (19 th Century)

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 4 Activity 1: Making a Sundial Clock 1. Fill up a small bottle with sand or soil and place a straight stick in it. Push the stick down until it is firmly planted and does not wobble. 2. Place a large piece of cardboard in a spot where the sun shines all day (you do need a sunny day for this activity), put the bottle and stick at the center of the cardboard, and draw a circle around the bottles base (to mark its exact location, in case it moves by accident). 3. Every hour, on the hour (9:00 AM, 10:00 AM, and so on), draw a line along the shadow cast by the stick and mark it with the time. By sundown, you will have a sundial clock! If you want to be able to move your clock to a different location, use a compass to mark north on the cardboard and have the line point to north in the new location. North

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 5 Activity 2: Making a Pendulum Timer 1. Take a lightweight string that is about 1 meter (40 inches) long. Attach a heavy bob to one end and a key-ring to the other. 2. Hang the pendulum from a long nail, so that the bob is away from the wall and close to the floor or desktop. 3. Gently swing the pendulum and time 60 of its swings from one side to the other. The time should be about 1 minute. If its a bit less than 1 min, make the string a little longer; if its a bit more, shorten the string. Repeat this until each swing takes almost exactly 1 second. The time for one swing (in seconds) is related to the length of the string (in meters) by the equation: Side-to-side swing time Length So to make a side-to-side swing take 2 seconds, the string length must be about 4 meters.

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 6 How Mechanical Clocks Work 1. There is a lever that oscillates about an axis; much like a pendulum, but not hanging 2. Each oscillation causes a cogged (escape) wheel to rotate by a small amount 3. The movement of the escape wheel is transferred to hand movements via gears that reduce the speed The oscillating element can be in the shape of a wheel (balance wheel), but the idea is the same 4. A spring is used to give the oscillating lever a gentle push so that it does not slow down

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 7 Converting Oscillations to Rotation Oscillations of the red wheel cause the Y-shaped lever to move and to push the teeth of the escape wheel Oscillations of the blue wheel turn the escape wheel by pushing its teeth, as shown in the animation to the right

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 8 A Brief History of Calendars 1. There are 40 different calendar systems in use today. 2. Our calendar system is called the Gregorian Calendar; there are also Chinese, Hebrew, Indian, Islamic, Persian, and many other calendars. 3. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use years consisting of 365 days; early Chinese and Greek years were 354 days, as is the Jewish year; at various times, there have been both shorter and longer years (for example, 46 BC, nicknamed year of confusion, had 445 days, because Julius Caesar added 80 days to it so that the following year in his reformed calendar would conform to the solar year). The purpose of a calendar system is to keep track of time periods that are linked to astronomical events (day = one rotation of the Earth around its axis, month = one revolution of the Moon around the Earth, year = one revolution of the Earth around the Sun). Week is the only calendar time convention that is not linked to astronomical events.

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 9 Why Do We Need Leap Years? 1. One calendar year (Earths revolution around the Sun on average) is 365 days, 5 hours, 49 minutes ( Universal days). 2. After four 365-day years, we are left with = extra day, or almost one day. This is why we make every fourth year a leap year. 3. But an extra day is a little bit more than day. The extra day adds up to a full day every 33 leap years, or in about 132 years. 4. It is rather inconvenient to make a correction every 132 years, so we drop the leap year every 100 years and put it back in every 400 years. 5. When we drop the leap year every 100 years, we remove one day instead of = 0.76 days every 25 leap years. This is ¼ day less than what it should be. So, every four centuries, or 400 years, we make a correction by using a leap year. This makes it just about right. Very infrequently (every 1000s of years), we need more corrections. Interesting fact: Some years have a leap second added to them to correct for variations in timekeeping by atomic clocks around the world.

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 10 Finding the Day of the Week for a Date Between 1901 and 2099 MonthCode January, Leap Year–3 January, Nonleap–2 February, Leap Year0 February, Nonleap1 March1 April–3 May–1 June2 July–3 August0 September3 October–2 November1 December3 Example: On what day is July 4, 2006? Divide year number by 4, ignore the remainder Add the year Add the month code from table to the right Add the day of the month Divide by 7, keep only the remainder The remainder gives you the day in the table below 2006 / 4 = 501, with remainder = (–3) = = / 7 = 358 with remainder SunMonTueWedThuFriSat Tuesday!

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 11 Activity 3: Your Birthday in Different Years Year of your 18 th Birthday: _____ Divide the year number by 4, ignore the remainder Add the year Add the month code from table in the previous slide Add the day of the month Divide by 7, keep only the remainder The remainder gives you the day in the table below _____ / 4 = _____ with remainder ___ _____ + _____ = _____ _____ / 7 = _____ with remainder __ Month of birthday: _____ Day of birthday: _____ SunMonTueWedThuFriSat Your birthday in the year 2050 _____ / 4 = _____ with remainder ___ _____ + _____ = _____ _____ / 7 = _____ with remainder __

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 12 Remember that a year is a leap year if it is divisible by 4, but not if it is also divisible by 100, except if it is also divisible by 400. For example, the year 1900 was not a leap year (divisible by 100 but not by 400) but the year 2000 was a leap year (divisible by 400) Activity 4: Making a Calendar for the Year Figure out whether 2020 is a leap year. 2. Find the day of week for January 1, 2020; then complete the calendar. January S M T W T F S February S M T W T F S March S M T W T F S April S M T W T F S May S M T W T F S June S M T W T F S July S M T W T F S August S M T W T F S September S M T W T F S October S M T W T F S November S M T W T F S December S M T W T F S

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 13 January S M T W T F S February S M T W T F S March S M T W T F S April S M T W T F S May S M T W T F S June S M T W T F S July S M T W T F S August S M T W T F S September S M T W T F S October S M T W T F S November S M T W T F S December S M T W T F S January S M T W T F S February S M T W T F S March S M T W T F S April S M T W T F S May S M T W T F S June S M T W T F S July S M T W T F S August S M T W T F S September S M T W T F S October S M T W T F S November S M T W T F S December S M T W T F S

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 14 Perpetual Calendars YearType 1947, 1975, , 1976, * 1949, 1977, , 1978, , 1979, , 1980, * 1953, 1981, , 1982, , 1983, , 1984, * 1957, 1985, , 1986, , 1987, , 1988, * SunMonTueWedThuFriSat There are only 14 different calendar types: seven types depending on the day of the week for January 1, and two variations for leap and nonleap years. If you print these 14 calendars and call them 0, 0*, 1, 1*,..., 6, 6* (where the number is the day of week for January 1 and * indicates a leap year), the table to the right shows you which calendar to use for any given year. YearType 1961, 1989, , 1990, , 1991, , 1992, * 1965, 1993, , 1994, , 1995, , 1996, * 1969, 1997, , 1998, , 1999, , 2000, * 1973, 2001, , 2002,

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May 2006Time and CalendarsSlide 15 Next Lesson Date Unknown

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