A Clock (Modular) Arithmetic Renaming Calculator
Here is a calculator for finding different "names" of a whole number on
a clock with a given number of hours. (In mathematical terminology, it
finds congruent integers for a given modulus.) If this doesn't make any
sense to you, here's an explanation of what clock
arithmetic is, with an interactive clock that shows the different names
for a number on a clock in another way.
Type the number you want another name for in the first box.
Type the number of hours on the clock you want to use in the second box
Click the "=" button to get the smallest nonnegative "name" for the first
number on the clock.
If you want a bigger name, click the "up" button. If you want a smaller
name, click the "down" button.
Problems? Got an "E"?
All numbers must be whole numbers. The first number can be positive, negative,
The number of hours on the clock (modulus) must be a whole number at least
If you type in a number bigger than the box, it will turn to an "E" (for
Error) because thill turn to an "E" (for Error) because this computer program
can't handle numbers above a certain size.
You have to click "=" or hit the return key after typing for the program
to calculate anything.
The notation is not quite standard; the "mod m" part should come at the
end of the sentence, not in the middle. And you should use the congruent
symbol (3 horizontal bars) instead of the = sign.
This program uses the built-in java mod (%) operator. Because of limitations
on the size of integers in java, this applet can't handle very big numbers.
Maybe someday I'll fix it to deal with very long integers.
Original Web Site by Susan Addington