Quan and Daniel have posted the answer to MMM #28 at Blinkdagger so now it's time for MMM #29.
I call this one the "mother of all clock angle problems." Some of you may have run into those problems where you have to figure out the angle between the two hands of a clock at weird times. Well, I took that problem as a starting point and added a twist to it.
Consider a 12-hour analog clock with two hands and a round face. Consider the angle between the two hands at any given time and, when the angle between the hands is not 180 degrees, take the smaller of the two angles. Thus, at 12:00 the angle between the two hands is 0 degrees. At 3:00 and at 9:00 it's 90 degrees.
If we me measure the angle between the two hands at each of the 61 consecutive minutes between 12:00 and 1:00 inclusively, what is the sum of those 61 angles?
Remember to show your work.
Here are the rules for the contest:
1. Email your answers with solutions to mondaymathmadness at gmail dot com.
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Each person may only win one prize per 12 month period. But, do submit your solutions even if you are not eligible.
4. Your answer must be explained. You must show your work! Wild About Math! and Blinkdagger will be the final judges on whether an answer was properly explained or not.
5. The deadline to submit answers is Tuesday, April 7, 12:01AM, Pacific Time. (That’s Tuesday morning, not Tuesday night.) Do a Google search for “time California” to know what the current Pacific Time is.)
6. The winner will be chosen randomly from all timely well-explained and correct submissions, using a random number generator.
7. The winner will be announced Friday, April 10, 2009.
8. The winner (or winners) will receive a Rubik’s Revolution or a $10 gift certificate to Amazon.com or $10 USD via PayPal. For those of you who don’t want a prize I’ll donate $10 to your favorite charity.
9. Comments for this post should only be used to clarify the problem. Please do not discuss ANY potential solutions.
10. I may post names and website/blog links for people submitting timely correct well-explained solutions. I’m more likely to post your name if your solution is unique.