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What are clocks used for?

A clock is a device used to measure, keep, and indicate time. The clock is one of the oldest human inventions, meeting the need to measure intervals of time shorter than the natural units: the day, the lunar month, and the year. Devices operating on several physical processes have been used over the millennia.

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Likewise, people ask, why was the clock invented?

The mechanical clock was invented in China, in 976 A.D. during the Song Dynasty. Chan Ssu-Hsun built a clock using mercury. It was the first working mechanical clock. The importance of mechanical clocks is that they were made for telling time more accurately than water or sun clocks.

Also, what are old clocks called? In the late 17th clocks with long cases were made. In 1876 a man named Henry Clay Work wrote a song called My Grandfathers Clock and in the early 20th century they became known as Grandfather clocks. Meanwhile the cuckoo clock was invented c. 1775.

People also ask, how does a clock work?

How a Mechanical Clock Works: Mechanical clocks are wound with a key, and this tightens the mainspring. As the mainspring unwinds, its energy turns gears which cause the hands to move. The pendulum keeps time and ensures that the gears move at the right pace: second by second.

How did the clock impacted society?

The Clock's Impact on Society As the use of mechanical clocks spread from Italy across Western Europe in the 14th century, a standardization and equalization of time began. Based on scripture, the Catholic Church divided the day up into two twelve-hour parts, twelve daylight hours and twelve nighttime hours.

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