Review telling time on an analog clock, and try some practice problems.

Analog clocks

Time is told in start color maroonD, h, o, u, r, s, end color maroonD and start color blueD, m, i, n, u, t, e, s, end color blueD. For example, if the time is 9:39\maroonD9\colon\blueD{39}, the start color maroonD, h, o, u, r, end color maroonD is start color maroonD, 9, end color maroonD and the start color blueD, m, i, n, u, t, e, s, end color blueD are start color blueD, 39, end color blueD. Another way to think of this is that the time is start color blueD, 39, end color blueD start color blueD, m, i, n, u, t, e, s, end color blueD after start color maroonD, 9, end color maroonD o'clock.
There are two hands on an analog clock. The short hand is the start color maroonD, h, o, u, r, space, h, a, n, d, end color maroonD. The long hand is the start color blueD, m, i, n, u, t, e, space, h, a, n, d, end color blueD.

Reading the hour hand

The hour is the number that the hour hand is either pointing to or has most recently passed.
For example, on all the following clocks, the hour is 3 o'clock.

Reading the minute hand

The minute hand starts at the top of the clock facing the 12. This represents 0 minutes after the hour. Every minute after this, the minute hand moves one tick mark to the right.
For example, on the following clock the minute hand has moved 14 tick marks from the top of the clock. So, the minutes are 14.
Want to learn more about telling time? Check out this video.

Example

What time is it?
The hour hand is between 6 and 7, so it is after 6 o'clock but not yet 7 o'clock.
The hour is 6.
The minute hand has moved 27 tick marks from the top of the clock. So, the minutes are 27.
The time is 6, colon, 27.

Practice

Problem 1
What time is it?
The time is
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a multiple of pi, like 12, space, p, i or 2, slash, 3, space, p, i
:
  • Your answer should be
  • an integer, like 6
  • a simplified proper fraction, like 3, slash, 5
  • a simplified improper fraction, like 7, slash, 4
  • a mixed number, like 1, space, 3, slash, 4
  • an exact decimal, like 0, point, 75
  • a multiple of pi, like 12, space, p, i or 2, slash, 3, space, p, i
a.m.

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.