Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 1 decade ago

60 Seconds and 1 minute aren't really the same?

This is a bit of a random question, but the answer ha sbeen bugging me for a long time. Ok so...

On a microwave, if you push 60, then it will cook for 60 seconds or one minute. (Following me?)

AND if you also press 1:00 it will cook for one minute, or 60 seconds. (Right, right?)

OK! Well, my question is....

If you add 1:00 + 1:00 it is = 2:00 right? So your food will cook for a total of two minutes.

BUT if you add 60 seconds + 60 seconds it will only cook for one minute and twenty seconds. Even though 60 seconds is one minute?

(I know, confusing question.)

I guess to put it into simpliest terms, How come 1 minute + 1 minute = 2 minutes, but 60 seconds + 60 seconds = only one minute and twenty seconds?

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    A minute is generally 60 seconds. Some minutes are 61 seconds owing to the introduction of leap seconds, but that is unimportant here.

    Most microwave ovens have generally simple inputs, when you type 1-2-0, you fill it's digit buffer with 1-2-0, which is interpreted according to the format m:ss and not, as you think, sss.

    The reason for this is that, generally, people have been found to put items on for periods of time which span several minutes and it is easier to simply input a number of minutes plus an amount of seconds than it is to do the arithmetic to work out how many seconds the desired amount converts to. If all cooking instructions quoted seconds, then microwaves would have an input panel which read in a number of seconds instead. But, the defacto method for measuring time is done using a hierarchy of units (which we call seconds, minutes, hours etc).

    It's as simple as that.

    • Amberican5 years agoReport

      You're really just adding to the confusion. I find what you're saying to be interesting, but that whole comment was rather unnecessary. You kind of dodged explaining conversion from minutes to seconds entirely.

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  • Anonymous
    3 years ago


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  • 3 years ago

    Actually 60 seconds is the same as 1 min cause of you add 60 seconds and 60 seconds you don't get a minute and 20 seconds you get 120 and I'd you divide that by 2 you get 2 60 seconds and 60 seconds is equally to 1 minute so you have 2 minutes so even tho it may not seem the same it is the same do you get it now.

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  • betson
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    3 years ago

    Seconds In A Minute

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  • 5 years ago

    I think you have a problem with your might want to get that checked out....

    When you see time represented on your microwave, think of the colon as the word "and". So if you see 1:20, read it as 1 minute AND 20 seconds. So one minute and 20 seconds is represented as "1:20" on your microwave. 1:20 in seconds = 80 seconds. The "1" = 60 seconds AND the 20 = 20 seconds. Add that together and you get 80 seconds.

    2:00 = two minutes AND zero seconds. If each minute = 60 seconds, then 2 minutes =120 seconds, not 80 seconds.

    Now I will blow your mind... the current time is 21:45:56 GMT -5

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  • 4 years ago

    Okay, I put on my timer on the microwave, 3:00 is that the same as 5 minutes? My father says 5:00 is five minutes on a microwave timer, so I am confused because I multiplied 60 seconds by 5 and came up with 300.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    60 seconds + 60 seconds is equal to 120 seconds, not 1 minute and 20 seconds. The mistake in your math is that 1:00 is not equal to 100 seconds.

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  • 5 years ago

    Good lord.

    60 seconds together makes 120 seconds. The microwave has only two digit spaces for seconds. Therefore, if you attempt to type in '120' it will take it as 1:20. If the microwave took three digit spaces, it would take it as 0:120. But it doesn't.

    Do me a favor. Try your hardest not to take inconsequential issues to the next level of seriousness.

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  • 4 years ago


    A minute is 60 seconds. A microwave is a very unreliable source for time. Your microwave thought you wanted to do 1 minute, and twenty seconds. But... If you get a stopwatch and a clock, You'll find that if you stop your stopwatch on 120 seconds, that... TWO MINUTES HAVE PASSED! *GASP*

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  • 6 years ago

    Well, okay. This confused A LOT of people. And that's okay

    So, if you cook 1 + 1 on a microwave you're going to get 2 minutes, right? SO if you add 60 + 60 minutes, You got 1 minute and 20 seconds.

    That's where you're wrong. When the microwave said 1:20 minutes, it didn't mean minutes, it mean seconds

    Now, add 60+60 again, 120 SECONDS, 120 seconds = 2 minutes

    So, 60+60 = 2 Minutes.

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  • 6 years ago

    You read a time in certain unit of time like 1:00 + 1:00 you should have the same unit of time like the answer 2:00 or 2 minutes or to convert in another unit of time you will have 1:20 or 1 minute and 20 seconds or 120 seconds if you will read it in pure seconds.2 minutes, of course, in seconds will be one hundred and twenty seconds.

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