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The time of the Moon By: GL

In my math and science course, we learned the purpose of time , and how it relates to math, science and us. We were asked to create a time- telling device. The purpose of this project was to create a prototype of a time-telling device, and explain its principles on paper. Overall, this was an interesting experience, I say this because it was hard to come up with something so original.

Below you can view my paper:

My device is similar to the moon phases. Over the time the moon phase changes it represent the process of the year. When its a full moon it represents the beginning of the year. When the moon is no where to be found it means you’re half way through the year. This relates to light because the lighter the moon the closer the new year is.

I related this to math by talking about the arcs and of the moon; how how it relates to Pi. The arc is a portion of the circumference of a circle. An arc could be a portion of some other curved shapes, such as an ellips. Arcs are named by their end  points.The angle measure is the angle formed by the arc at the center of the circle. By using Pi it helps me find the circumference of the moon to its diamiter. By using circumferance it allows me to measure the shadows of the moon phase’s shadows. By using diameter I can tell you that the circumferance is 20,901 miles; I want my moon to be almost as big as the earth so the moon is able to be seen from all places on the planets.

My theory is related to a sun dial in two ways. For example a sundial is a device that tells the time of the day by the position of the sun, as the sun moves across the sky. This can be related to my moon phase because they both need objects from the sky to assist in telling a time. The shadow edges aline with different hours, similiar to my moon phase and how the moon’s shadow grows, changing the season.

My cultural studies are inspired by Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution. I went back in time to 1859 when Charles published his book called “On The Orgin of Species”. This helped me figure out my time-telling device by relating the thory of the evolution of humans and how the evolution of the moon phase and how it changes from one thing and progresses to another.

This is a very useful device it allows people to tell the seasons, as well as the time of the year. The moon I picked will be almost as big as the eart so seeing the moon wont be a problem unless its a new moon meaning the moon is all black. When this happens you know your half way through the year.

Work Cited:

“Charles Darwin.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 June 2013. Web. 06 Mar. 2013. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Darwin>.

“Arc – Math Word Definition – Math Open Reference.” Arc – Math Word Definition – Math Open Reference. Math Open Reference, 3 Aug. 2009. Web. 06 Mar. 2013. <https://www.mathopenref.com/arc.html>.

“Sundial.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 03 June 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2013. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sundial>.

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