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Brainteaser Answer 6

By Mark Wilkinson | Dec 16, 2014 | Staff Retention

A Tick Question.

Answer 6: 7.5 Degrees.

Did you think the answer was 0? You are not alone!

Most people rush into answering the question and forget that the hour hand moves too; at 3.15, it will actually be a quarter of the way between 3 and 4 (because a quarter of an hour has gone by).

To calculate the answer…

  • You know that the entire clock is 360°
  • The number of degrees between 3 and 4 will be a 12th of that.
  • 360°/ 12 = 30°
  • And the hour hand will have traveled one quarter of the way between that 30°
  • 30/ 4 = 7.5°
  • So if the minute hand is at 3, then the distance between both hands is actually 7.5°

This is exactly why you should never rush into brainteasers!

(It probably didn’t help that I put a picture of a clock, telling completely the wrong time, below the question did it?!)

- Mark Wilkinson
Mark Wilkinson

Mark Wilkinson

Mark is one of the founders of Coburg Banks and heads up the permanent recruitment division of the business.  Every day he helps companies with their recruitment projects, sourcing the very best individuals for their vacancies.  He understands recruitment inside-out.

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