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# Telling time (labeled clock)

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## Video transcript

we are asked what time what time is it so we first want to look at the hour hand which is the shorter hand here and see where it is pointing and it is pointing right at 7 so we are we have just crossed the seventh hour so the hour is 7 and then we look at the minute hand which is a longer hand and this minute hand is pointing straight up right at the 12 so this means the 12 when you think of minutes that's 0 minutes past the hour and then each number represents 5 more minutes so this is right at 7 o clock so this is right at 7 o'clock check our answer let's do a few more of these where is the hour hand so this hour hand you might say hey this looks closer to 8 than it is to 7 but the key is to realize that it has passed 7 and it hasn't gotten quite to 8 yet so we're still in the seventh hour so the hour is 7 notice his hands go in a clockwise direction so it just past 7 hasn't gotten to 8 yet so the hour is 7 and when we want to think about the minutes remember we started at the top of the clock that's 0 minutes past the hour and then we can count by 5's all the way to where the minute hand is so 5 so 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 where 45 minutes past the hour so it's 7:45 let's do a couple more so where is the hour hand well it's between the 1 and the 2 but the key is to realize that it was going clockwise it's past the 1 and it's about to get to 2 so it's still in the first hour so the hour is still 1 and then the minutes we just have to count from 12 but or count from 0 by 5's so 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 it's 1:45 p.m. let's do one more so here once again our hand is between 1 & 2 so it's past 1 it hasn't gotten to 2 yet so we're still in the first hour and then the minutes well we start at 12 that's 0 minutes past the hour 0 5 10 15 so it is 1:15 let's do even one more so this one the hour hand is exactly at 2 it's exactly at 2 and the minute hand is exactly at 12 so that means we're zero minutes past the hour so it's zero minutes past the hour