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2.1.11: Convert Compound Units of Time

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    Figure 2.1.11.1

    Maria needs to run a couple errands before meeting with her friend. She thinks she will spend 15 minutes at the post office, 1 hour and 25 minutes at the mall, and 20 minutes to drive to her friend’s house. If Maria leaves her house at 1:00 pm, around what time will she reach her friend’s house?

    In this concept, you will learn how to add and subtract measures of time.

    Adding and Subtracting with Time

    Time is most commonly measured using the units: second, minute, and hour. Of the three, the second is the smallest unit and the hour is the largest unit.

    60 seconds = 1 minute

    60 minutes = 1 hour

    Just as with other conversions such as length, weight, or speed, you multiply when converting a larger unit to a smaller unit, and divide when converting a smaller unit to a larger unit.

    Let's look at some examples.

    Convert 120 seconds to minutes.

    120 seconds = _____ minutes

    This involves converting a smaller unit to a larger unit. 60 seconds equals 1 minute. Divide the number of seconds by 60.

    120 ÷ 60 = 2

    120 seconds = 2 minutes

    Now, convert 4 hours to minutes.

    4 hours = _____ minutes

    This involves converting a larger unit to a smaller unit. 1 hour equals 60 minutes. Multiply the number of hours by 60.

    4 × 60 = 240

    4 hours = 240 minutes

    To add measures of time, add the like units first. Start with the smallest unit. Add seconds to seconds, minutes to minutes, and hours to hours. Then, simplify the answer when necessary by converting the units.

    Find the sum of 1 hour 55 minutes and 45 minutes.

    1 hr 55 min + 45 min=1 hr 100 min

    You know that 60 minutes equal 1 hour. Simplify 100 minutes by converting it in terms of hours and minutes.

    100 minutes = ____ hours ___ minutes

    Divide the number of minutes by 60.

    100 ÷ 60 = 1 with a remainder of 40

    100 minutes = 1 hour 40 minutes

    Rewrite 100 minutes as 1 hour 40 minutes. This will add 1 hour to the total number of hours.

    1 hr 100 min=1 hr + 1 hr 40 min=2 hr 40 min

    The sum of 1 hour 55 minutes and 45 minutes is 2 hours 40 minutes.

    To subtract measure of time, start by subtracting the smallest unit first. You may need to borrow from the larger unit. Then, simplify the answer when necessary by converting the units.

    Find the difference between 2 minutes 30 seconds and 1 minute 40 seconds.

    2 min 30 sec − 1 min 40 sec

    You cannot subtract 40 from 30. Borrow from the minute unit. 1 minute equals 60 seconds. Add 60 seconds to 30 seconds.

    2 min 30 sec=1 min 90 sec

    1 min 90 sec - 1 min 50 sec=0 min 40 sec

    The difference between 2 minutes 30 seconds and 1 minute 40 seconds is 50 seconds.

    Time can also be described as fractional units of time, for example: "a quarter of an hour" or "half an hour." You know that 1 hour equals 60 minutes. To find a fraction of an hour, multiply the fraction by 60 minutes.

    (1/4)(60)=60/4=15

    A quarter hour is 15 minutes.

    Examples

    Example 2.1.11.1

    Earlier, you were given a problem about Maria on her way to a friend’s house.

    Maria leaves her house at 1:00 pm and thinks she will spend 15 minutes at the post office, 1 hour and 25 minutes at the mall, and 20 minutes driving to her friend’s house. Find the total time of her errands and the drive time to determine what time Maria will arrive at her friend’s house.

    Solution

    First, add the time for each activity.

    1 hr 25 min + 20 min + 15 min=1 hr 60 min

    Then, simplify 60 minutes. 60 minutes equals 1 hour. This will add 1 hour to the total number of hours.

    1 hr 60 min=1 hr + 1 hr=2 hr

    2 hours after 1:00 pm is 3:00 pm. Maria should arrive at her friend’s house at 3:00 pm.

    Example 2.1.11.2

    What is 1/8 of an hour in minutes?

    Solution

    To figure this out, multiply 1/8 times 60 minutes.

    1/8(60)=60/8=15/2=7(1/2)

    1/8 of an hour is 7(1/2) minutes.

    Example 2.1.11.3

    Convert the following units: 180 minutes = ______ hours.

    Solution

    Convert minutes to hours. There are 60 minutes in 1 hour. Divide the number of minutes by 60.

    180 ÷ 60 = 3

    180 minutes = 3 hours

    180 minutes is equal to 3 hours.

    Example 2.1.11.4

    Convert the following units: 1 hour 5 minutes + 45 minutes = _____

    Solution

    First, add the like units.

    1 hr 5 min + 45 min=1 hr 50 min

    The sum is 1 hour 50 minutes.

    Example 2.1.11.5

    Convert the following units: 5 hours 10 minutes – 30 minutes = _____

    Solution

    First, subtract the like units starting from the smallest unit.
    5 hr 10 min − 30 min

    You cannot subtract 30 from 10 so you must borrow from the hour unit. 1 hour equals 60 minutes. Add 60 minutes to the 10 minutes and subtract.

    5 hr 10 min=4 hr 70 min

    4 hr 70 min - 30 min=4 hr 40 min

    The difference is 4 hours 40 minutes.

    Review

    Add the following units of time.

    1. 15 minutes + 60 minutes = ______
    2. 10 minutes + 20 minutes = ______
    3. 15 seconds + 45 seconds = ______
    4. 1 hour 50 minutes + 20 minutes = ______
    5. 75 minutes + 15 minutes 10 seconds = ______

    Subtract the following units of time.

    1. 35 minutes - 10 minutes = ______
    2. 60 minutes - 10 minutes = ______
    3. 1 hour 75 minutes - 20 minutes = ______
    4. 2 hour 10 minutes - 20 minutes = ______
    5. 1 hour 5 seconds - 5 minutes = ______

    Convert the following units and fractional units of time.

    1. 3000 seconds = ______ minutes
    2. 6000 seconds = ______ hours ______ minutes
    3. 360 minutes = ______ hours
    4. 300 minutes = ______ hours
    5. 12,000 seconds = ______ minutes
    6. (1/4) hour = ______ minutes
    7. (1/8) hour = ______ minutes
    8. (1/2) hour = ______ minutes

    Review (Answers)

    To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 6.14.

    Additional Resources

    Video:

    Practice: Convert Compound Units of Time

    Real World Application: Timing a Countdown


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