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    Unit Conversion Problem

    I'm going to use Mars as an example planet for this story problem.

    *1,000 YEARS on Mars = 1 DAY on earth.*


    Now two problems:

    1. How many minutes would pass on Mars if you have 34 years on earth?

    2. How many minutes would pass on Mars if you have 58 years on earth?

    I have no idea how to figure that out, I just get confused even writing it down. Please help me with those two calculations.
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    re: Unit Conversion Problem

    Express 34 Earth years in Earth Days.

    You know that each of these days lasts for 1000 years on Mars so multiply Earth days by your ratio to give the amount of Mars years

    Assuming Mars uses the same time structure as Earth (and assuming the Julian calendar of 365.25 days/yr) then you can work out how many Mars minutes are in a Mars year

    Multiply by this number to get the amount of Mars minutes.

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    If I used a worked example using 1 year on Earth in Martian minutes:

    1 Earth year = 365.25 Earth Days

    365.25 Earth Days = 365,250 Mars Years

    1 Mars year = 365.25 days/yr * 24h/day * 60mins/hr = 525,960 Mars Minutes

    Thus there are 525,960*365,250 = 1.921*10^11 Mars Minutes in One Earth Year
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    re: Unit Conversion Problem

    I'm still a little lost. This isn't for homework just something I needed to know.
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