Measuring time

Do you have the time?
Art is long, and Time is fleeting
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Last updated: January 18, 2022
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1. Horology is:
the arrangement of events or dates in the order of their occurrence
the science of determining timescales for astrophysical objects and events
the study of the measurement of time and mechanical time-keeping devices
the study of matter and its motion and behaviour through space and time
2. What can you NOT do with an astrolabe?
If you know the time, determine the latitude
If you know the latitude, determine the time
Calculate Islamic prayer times
Measure a period of time to the second
3. On a vertical sundial, which way does the shadow appear to move?
always clockwise
always anti-clockwise (counter-clockwise)
clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anti-clockwise (counter-clockwise) in the southern hemisphere
clockwise in the southern hemisphere and anti-clockwise (counter-clockwise) in the northern hemisphere
4. The moment at which the centre of the visible Sun is directly above the equator is called
5. What will cause a pendulum clock to be inaccurate?
moving it
moisture in the air
air temperature below 50 degrees F (10 degrees C)
atmospheric pressure below 1 atm
6. In the 12th century, Mesopotamian polymath Ismail al-Jazari invented a timepiece that paid tribute to Indian, African, Chinese, Persian and Greek culture. It was a water clock the shape and size of what?
a minaret
a coracle
an elephant bearing a howdah
a ziggurat
7. For what sport was an automatic timing device first used in the Olympic Games?
Rowing, single and double sculls, 1904 St Louis
Athletics, men's steeplechase, 1928 Amsterdam
Cycling, time trial, 1948 London
Swimming events, 1964 Tokyo
8. What does a marine chronometer do?
Determines longitude
Determines altitude
Determines latitude
Determines the time of high tide and low tide
9. What was railway time?
The time on the clocktower at Kings Cross station in London
The application of Greenwich Mean Time to all train stations and timetables in Great Britain
The introduction of 24-hour time, which began on train timetables in Germany and was soon adopted in other countries
A nineteenth century practice of estimating the time from the passing of trains in rural areas
10. What was a watch sandglass?
A small sandglass that timed one, two or three minutes and could be attached to a wrist strap or neck chain
An hourglass carved into a tombstone or crypt as a reminder of mortality
A half hour sandglass used to count the hours of watch duty on a ship
An hourglass used to time examinations at Oxford University in the 17th and 18th centuries
11. The most reliable timepieces in existence, accurate to within a few seconds over trillions of years, are:
Quartz clocks
Atomic clocks
Astronomical clocks
Spiral balance spring (hairspring) timepieces
12. What is a trench watch?
A wristwatch used by military officers during WW1
A late 19th century pocket watch with rubber insulation to make it water resistant
A watch developed by military intelligence
A sentry duty schedule
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