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1 May 98

Metric Time

The clock is ticking as we head towards The Dunn Middle School Science Fair next Friday. Our way of measuring time goes back to ancient Babylon, but 12, 24, and 60 are curious factors. A metric alternative was proposed during the French Revolution: 10 days per metric week, two periods of 10 metric hours per day, 100 metric minutes per hour, and 100 metric seconds per minute. What would a metric clock look like? Are the metric intervals longer or shorter than normal? Does our normal system have any benefit besides familiarity?

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