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    hamster/human time question

    I need some help with a math problem! This is really difficult because time is measured 60 sec / 60 minutes /

    The 2 questions i have to solve are:

    1. Assuming hamsters live for 3 years, what % is 5 minutes of a hamster's overall life span?
    2. Assuming humans live for 70 years, what is the equivalent amount of time in a human's life span?

    I need to answer question 2 using days/years/months/weeks, not minutes. It's driving me nuts! please helP!

    Question 1:

    According to Google, 1 year = 525,948.766 mins

    So 3 years is 1,577,846.298 mins

    So 1,577,846.298 / 5 = 5.2814607759299843623509476544283e-5
    so 5 mins is 5% of the hamster's life?is that right?It doesn't sound right to me

    Question 2:


    70 years = 36,816,413.62 mins

    36,816,413.62 / 100 x 5 = 1,840,820.681 mins

    now my head gets confused...
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpeter View Post
    I need some help with a math problem! This is really difficult because time is measured 60 sec / 60 minutes /

    The 2 questions i have to solve are:

    1. Assuming hamsters live for 3 years, what % is 5 minutes of a hamster's overall life span?
    2. Assuming humans live for 70 years, what is the equivalent amount of time in a human's life span?
    I need to answer question 2 using days/years/months/weeks, not minutes. It's driving me nuts! please helP!

    Question 1:

    According to Google, 1 year = 525,948.766 mins

    So 3 years is 1,577,846.298 mins

    So 1,577,846.298 / 5 = 5.2814607759299843623509476544283e-5
    so 5 mins is 5% of the hamster's life?is that right?It doesn't sound right to me
    (5/1,577,846.298)*100 is the required percentage, which is about 0.0003%

    CB
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpeter View Post
    I need some help with a math problem! This is really difficult because time is measured 60 sec / 60 minutes /

    The 2 questions i have to solve are:

    1. Assuming hamsters live for 3 years, what % is 5 minutes of a hamster's overall life span?
    2. Assuming humans live for 70 years, what is the equivalent amount of time in a human's life span?
    I need to answer question 2 using days/years/months/weeks, not minutes. It's driving me nuts! please helP!

    Question 1:

    According to Google, 1 year = 525,948.766 mins

    So 3 years is 1,577,846.298 mins

    So 1,577,846.298 / 5 = 5.2814607759299843623509476544283e-5
    so 5 mins is 5% of the hamster's life?is that right?It doesn't sound right to me

    Question 2:


    70 years = 36,816,413.62 mins

    36,816,413.62 / 100 x 5 = 1,840,820.681 mins

    now my head gets confused...
    Hi trumpeter,

    First, I'm a bit confused how google came up with that number of minutes.

    1 year X 365.25 days X 24 hours X 60 minutes = 525960 minutes in a year.

    So, 3 years X 525960 minures = 1577880 minutes

    5 minutes / 1577880 minutes = .000003 = .0003% of the hampster's life expectancy.(What CB said!)

    The second part of your question now. I don't understand the restriction you put on yourself, but here's how I think it is.

    70 years X 365.25 days X 24 hours X 60 minutes = 36817200 minutes.


    Now solve the proportion:

    \frac{5}{1577880}=\frac{x}{36817200}

    So 5 minutes to a hamster would be equivalent to x minutes to a human.
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    That's great, thank you!

    I dont know why my windows calculator keeps giving me wrong answers though -

    I put it 5 / 1577880 and get = 3.1688087814028950237026896848937e-7
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpeter View Post
    That's great, thank you!

    I dont know why my windows calculator keeps giving me wrong answers though -

    I put it 5 / 1577880 and get = 3.1688087814028950237026896848937e-7
    It was said in CB's first post...if you want to get the percentage you're going to have to multiply that by 100.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpeter View Post
    That's great, thank you!

    I dont know why my windows calculator keeps giving me wrong answers though -

    I put it 5 / 1577880 and get = 3.1688087814028950237026896848937e-7

    i get 3.1688087814028950237026896848937e-6

    what you can do is once you get this on your calculator just do plus 1 and you can see the actual number clearer.

    second question you dont even have to convert to minutes because we are dealing with proportionality;
    \frac{5}{3}=\frac{x}{70} and solve for x
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krahl View Post
    second question you dont even have to convert to minutes because we are dealing with proportionality;
    \frac{5}{3}=\frac{x}{70} and solve for x
    Krahl,

    Much better than the approach I presented.

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