## Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

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### Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

You have two clocks which you set to the same correct hour and start running at the same time. One clock gains a minute every hour; the other loses a minute every hour. Which clock will be correct more often?

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### Re: Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

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### Re: Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

Huu this one was fun

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### Re: Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

I decided to assume the clocks are 24-hour clocks, so we can use the word "day" instead of "12-hour period". It doesn't fundamentally change the answer.

(Also, I of course assumed that the hands of the clocks move continuously and uniformly -- we're not talking about clocks that keep perfect time for a while and then suddenly "jump" forward or back.)

Let's say that in addition to the fast clock and the slow clock, we have a third, perfectly accurate, clock in the same room.

EDIT: By the way, a brief remark about the psychology or pedagogy behind this puzzle:

(Also, I of course assumed that the hands of the clocks move continuously and uniformly -- we're not talking about clocks that keep perfect time for a while and then suddenly "jump" forward or back.)

Let's say that in addition to the fast clock and the slow clock, we have a third, perfectly accurate, clock in the same room.

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EDIT: By the way, a brief remark about the psychology or pedagogy behind this puzzle:

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### Re: Two clocks, one fast, one slow.

Heh. I guess the answer truly lies in what is the "right" time. What is the frame of reference and what is its relative velocity expressed as a percentage of the speed of light in a perfect vacuum (for the purpose of calculating time dilation)? Do the clocks gain and lose a minute from the "correct" time, or from one another? Are the clocks analog or digital, and are they reliant on the same power source? Does [imath]\pi = 4[/imath]?

Ultimately, the answer is:

Ultimately, the answer is:

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