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# Minute Hand|Definition & Meaning

## Definition

The big **pointer** on a timepiece that tells the **minutes** is called the **Minute Hand** of the clock. The **minute hand** finishes one **revolution** of the **clock** every **60** minutes.

We all **glance** at our watch at any **moment** when we desire to tell the **time,** even if for going to **school** or **awakening** up earlier in the morning. The **capability** to look through the clock is an essential talent. The **knowledge** of the idea of time is a significant part of the **growth** of a kid. It not only helps children **academically** but also helps them **develop** a scheduled daily habit.

**Learning** time management is a **necessary** life skill. To **understand** these skills, it is very **crucial** for children to comprehend the **functioning** of a clock.

## Hands of a Clock

The **timepiece** normally has three needles to notify us of **time. **They are; an **hour hand,** a **minute hand,** and a **second hand.** Some parallel **clocks** have only **2 hands**: the smaller indicator **denoting** the hour and the **lengthier** arrow displaying the **minutes.** The small hand in a clock is named the **hour hand, which tells us time in hours,** whereas the longer hand, termed the **minute hand, tells us time in minutes. **

An **hour** is a prolonged span. We **normally** utilize hours to show when an action **takes** a longer time span to accomplish. For instance, we usually use **hours** to tell the time we **consume** at college or **while dozing** at **night.**

A **minute** is a shorter **period** of time. We **usually** use it to notify the time consumed **performing** a short action. For **instance,** we use **minutes** to tell the time we utilize during eating lunch or combing our **hair.**

A **clock** has the digits** 1 to 12** labeled one after the **other** on its face or dial. These digits are **arranged** in equivalent spaces from each other, **splitting** the face of the clock into 12 **equivalent** components.

The **hour** hand in a watch **explains** the distance of an **hour.** When the **hour hand** progresses from one number to the next **number** on the clock dial, it **represents** one hour. For **instance,** when the **hour hand** progresses from **12 to 1** on the clock **dial,** it tells us that one **hour** has **proceeded.**

## Minute Needle in a Clock

In the **clock,** the minute **needle** is the longer arrow that **indicates** the minutes that have **ticked** by in that hour. In **easier** terms, it tells the time in **minutes.**

The span **between** 2 digits on the clock dial is **separated** into 5 smaller segments. All of these **smaller** segments or sections represent one minute.

There are **60** tiny segments on a **clock** dial. The minute hand moves through these **60 segments** when the hour **hand** advances from one **digit** to the next one. This **indicates** that there are sixty **minutes** in one hour.

## How to Read Time to the Minute?

Have a **glance** at the clock beneath. The **minute** hand on the clock is **aiming** at 12, and the hour **hand** is pointing towards 9, so the time is 9 o’clock. After 1 hour has **passed,** the hour hand will be at 10, and **similarly,** the minute hand will be at 12indicating the time as **10** o’clock.

In this **period** of one hour, the hour **arrow** will shift from 9 to 10. But the **minute** arrow will drive one whole **rotation** of the clock dial.

To **study** the time in minutes, we **glance** at the digit to which the minute hand pinpoints. We use bounce counting by 5 to **study** the **location** of the minute **hand** on the clock dial, i.e., 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and so on.

For **example,** in Figure 1, the hour hand is between **10 and 11**. The minute hand is **pointing** at 2. We miss counting by **5** to **decide** the minutes that **have** shifted in **that** hour **2** times, i.e., **5** and **10**. This shows that **10 minutes** have proceeded in that **hour.**

This **represents** 10 **minutes** have advanced after **10 o’clock**. And we note this time as** 10:10.** The digit before the **colon** here illustrates the hour, and the digit **after** the colon describes the number of **minutes** that have **proceeded** since that hour.

## The Use of AM and PM

**AM and PM** are utilized to **categorize** the time. The full **state** of a.m is **ante meridiem,** and the **comprehensive** interpretation of p.m is **post meridiem.** The hour before noon is guided to as a.m. The time from 12:00 a.m. to **11:59** a.m. is understood as a.m. P.M. **mentions** the time between the middle of the day to **midnight.** The period from **12:00 p.m**. to** 11:59 p.m**. is comprehended as **p.m.**

## Points to Remember

If we **separate** the clock dial into **four** quarters, we can study the time **effortlessly** when the minute **hand** advances at a certain **digit.**

- When the
**minute hand**on a clock pinpoints at**12,**it denotes the beginning of the next hour. - When the
**clock’s**minute needle is at**3,**it marks**15**minutes have passed of the**current**hour, and it**means**that the**quarter**has passed of**that**hour. So, we call it**quarter**past.

When the **minute** pointer on a **timepiece** points at **3**, we are **15** minutes into the **hour.** Since the **portion** of time we have come across **resembles** like **circle’s** quarter, we say the **time** is quarter past **3**.

- When the
**clock’s**minute needle is**pointing**at 6, that means**30**minutes of the hour have**passed.**Because the**movement**of the minute**needle**appears to be**half**of a circle, we**name**it half an**hour.** - When the
**clock’s**minute needle**points**at 9, it implies that**three-quarters**have been**passed**of the present**hour.**

When the **clock’s** minute **needle** is pointing at 9, it means that **45** minutes of that **hour** have passed, and we are just **required** to move one more **quarter** in order to advance the **next** hour. We name this as a **quarter** to 12.

Remember that:

- The
**minute**arrow on a clock moves**quicker**than the hour**hand**but moves slower than the**second hand.** - The
**minute**hand finishes a single round of the clock dial in**60**minutes, whereas the**hour**hand does so in**12**hours.

The facts above are helpful when converting between the various units of time.

## Clock: Example Problem

### Example

**Study** the time of the clock **portrayed** in Figure 2.

### Solution

In **figure** **2**, the hour hand is **pointing** at **11**, and the **minute** hand is at **1**. We **calculate** the minutes by **miss** counting by** 5** just** 1** time (as per the minute hand’s position), so we get 5. Therefore, the time is **11:05**.

*All images/mathematical drawings were created with GeoGebra.*