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Posted by **James** on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 1:14am.

- Algebra -
**Reiny**, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 12:17pmAt 7:00 the hour hand has gone through 210° , and angle between the two hands is 210°

the hour hand moves 30° per hour or 1/2 ° per minute

while the minute hand moves 6 degrees per minute

so the minute is gaining on the hour hand at the rate of 5 1/2 or 11/2 ° a minute

So to make up the 210° would take 210÷(11/2)

= 420/11 minutes or 38 2/11 minutes or 38 : 10.9 minutes

so the time is 7 : 38 : 10.9

The above becomes a general solution;

at any time between t and t+1 o'clock,

divide t by 11/2 to find the minutes past t o'clock when the hands overlap

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