bnolan Posted January 28, 2004 Share Posted January 28, 2004 (edited) Note: In this message I will be attempting to use irony to help people with their math skills. If you are satire impaired, stop reading now. Question #1 - Today I worked 8 hours and 15 minutes. But on my timecard I can only enter "8 point something". How do I convert 15 minutes to "point something"? Question #2 - My daughter ran a 2k fun run in 9.5 minutes. How do I convert that to minutes and seconds? Answer #1 - All you have to do is divide the 15 minutes by 60 (because there are 60 minutes in an hour) and add that answer to 8. 15/60 = .25 so the answer is 8.25 hours. Answer #2 - Just take the .5 minutes and multiply by 60. The answer is 9 minutes and 30 seconds. Guess what? Degrees Minutes and Seconds works exactly the same way as Hours Minutes and Seconds. The math is exactly the same. I can't imagine that there is anybody out there that graduated high school who can't solve these two problems, yet time and time again I see the same questions on this forum. I think people assume it is harder that it really is, so they just don't try. Guess what again? You don't even have to do the math. Your GPS will do it for you: - If your coordinates look like 45.12345° set your GPS for DD.ddddd - If your coordinates look like 45° 07.407' set your GPS to DD MM.mmm - If your coordinates look like 45° 07' 24.4" set your GPS to DD MM SS.s After you enter your coordinates as a waypoint, you can change to any other format and the GPS will convert the coordinates. I hope I didn't hurt anybody's feelings. I just wanted to help educate the confused among us. [ edited to note that I apparently can't spell math ] Edited January 28, 2004 by bnolan Quote Link to comment
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