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Seconds in a Year

How many seconds are there in a year?

Hint: You don’t need a calculator

24. If you said 12 for January 2nd, February 2nd, etc that’s close, but you forgot about January 22nd, February 22nd and so on. If you are a math whiz and didn’t need a calculator to perform 60 x 60 x 24 x 365, then 31,536,000 works too. If you used 365.25 to account for leap year, then you are a human calculator.


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57 Comments on "Seconds in a Year"


hello says
March 17, 2014 @ 06:15

Idk


Scott says
November 3, 2014 @ 03:03

12 seconds in a year
jan 2nd
feb 2nd
mar 2nd and so on


Hoova says
December 19, 2014 @ 21:28

How about the second of every month as well as the 22nd of every month adding up to 24 seconds


Jusy says
January 11, 2015 @ 17:15

60 151 992


Dan says
January 12, 2015 @ 16:32

Could you show your work? I’m not sure where you got that number. If you did the calculation, it would be:

60 (seconds in a minute) x 60 (minutes in an hour) x 24 (hours in a day) x 365 (days in a year) = 31556900, but that doesn’t take into account leap year, or the leap second that’s added once in a while. 365.242 would be closer to the number of days in a year, but I don’t think it’s precise.

But all that aside, this isn’t the answer. Think less of calculations.


bernadette says
February 9, 2015 @ 21:40

Too many


Warren says
February 18, 2015 @ 10:29

How many seconds are there in a year?
31,556,926 seconds or 186000 miles x 31,556,926 seconds = one light-year.


Rayhan says
March 17, 2015 @ 18:18

loooooooooolll!!!!!!!!!


JAIHARI says
March 28, 2015 @ 08:55

i don’t think its a correct answer


Dan says
March 28, 2015 @ 11:06

What do you think is the correct answer?


Kevin says
April 24, 2015 @ 12:51

Warren a light year isn’t a measurement of time, it’s a measurement of distance, because of the finite speed light travels at, a light year is the distance that light travels in a year not the time it takes to travel


Jay says
May 9, 2015 @ 23:30

Umm January 2 January 22 February 2 February 22 March 2 March 22 April 2 April 22 May 2 may22 June 2 June 22 July 2 July 22 August 2 August 22 September 2 September 22 October 2 October 22 November 2 November 22 December 2 December 22


Darlington Obinna says
May 11, 2015 @ 07:43

1yr = 365days, 1day = 24hrs, 1hr = 60minutes, 1minute = 60seconds, .’. 60*60 = 3600 = 24*3600 = 86400, 365days = 86400*365 = 31 536000seconds


Allen says
May 11, 2015 @ 11:04

All of these answers are correct. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a standard year, 31,622,400 seconds in a leap year, approximately 31,556,909 seconds in a solar year. There are also 12 2nd’s (as in dates) in a year, if you choose to count a 22nd as a second (pretty weak, but technically accurate) then there are 24. Just because the questioner had a different response in mind does not change the fact that ALL of the above answers are correct.


Mes says
June 20, 2015 @ 04:42

Lol.


Rednax107 says
June 22, 2015 @ 11:04

3.156e+7 Seconds


Shalyn says
July 4, 2015 @ 06:45

To figure it out you would do 365days×24h×60min.×60 seconds soooo it would be 31,536,000


hi says
July 22, 2015 @ 20:36

24 seconds


Garth says
July 23, 2015 @ 00:39

I tend to work things out in my head by multiplying by an easier number that will get me close, then working from there.

I started from the number of seconds in a day, 86,400, then multiplied that in stages to get to 375 days, and so on.
86,400 x 5 = 432,000
432,000 x 5 = 2,160,000
2,160,000 x 5 = 10,800,000
10,800,000 x 3 = 32,400,000
32,400,000 – 864,000 = 31,536,000
31,536,000 + 21,600 = 31,557,600.


Dan says
July 23, 2015 @ 01:44

What about accounting for a leap year? :)


Garth says
July 23, 2015 @ 19:37

That’s where the 21,600 at the end comes in.
If you meant the .242 value for the overrun, then subtract (0.008 x 86,400), or (8 x 86.4).
31,557,600 – 691.2 = 31,556,908.8
If you meant the days in an actual leap year, then (31,536,000 + 86,400) = 31,622,400.


Dan says
July 24, 2015 @ 10:21

Touché. How about leap second?


Tinmvf says
August 5, 2015 @ 21:56

21


Roger says
September 16, 2015 @ 10:26

The correct answer is 12. Anyone who said 24 is an idiot.


abdulrasheed hazardo says
September 27, 2015 @ 07:18

31536000 is the correctanswer


Udana says
October 12, 2015 @ 23:39

There are 12 seconds (2nds) in a year


Gerber says
October 14, 2015 @ 10:57

31536000 seconds


Gerber says
October 14, 2015 @ 10:58

either that or 12 2nd’s in a year


Jong-Ku says
November 23, 2015 @ 11:38

There are exactly 31,536,000 seconds in one year take it from me im asian


Woo Kun Foo says
November 23, 2015 @ 11:43

there are “Thirty one million five hundred and thirty six thousand” seconds in one year!


Parker says
December 21, 2015 @ 15:48

12 Seconds:
Jan 2nd (1)
Feb 2nd (2)
March 2nd (3)
April 2nd (4)
May 2nd (5)
June 2nd (6)
July 2nd (7)
Aug 2nd (8)
Sept 2nd (9)
Oct 2nd (10)
Nov 2nd (11)
Dec 2nd (12)


Dan says
December 21, 2015 @ 16:43

You forgot Jan 22nd, Feb 22nd, March 22nd, etc.


Jill says
January 5, 2016 @ 21:44

what percent of a year is 26 seconds? Obviously I am NOT so great with math :/
I know there is 31,556,926 seconds in a year so would I than divide 31,556,926*12= ??
Or is that the wrong way to set up the problem?? Thanks to anyone with insight!!


Whart says
January 25, 2016 @ 19:47

The question was how many (seconds) not (nd’s) in a year so the correct answer is 31,536,000 in a year.


Garima says
February 9, 2016 @ 04:51

A year is having 31 million seconds


Unknown says
February 9, 2016 @ 12:17

S
ome people believe that life is not about how many breaths you take, but instead how many moments take your breath away. What’s for certain is that the time we have is precious. Spend some time today with those you love.

Seconds tick by and turn into minutes. Minutes turn into hours, and hours turn into days. The days turn into years and, before you know it, time has flown by.

Have you ever made a split-second decision? You were going to do X, but then…at the last second…you changed your mind and did Y instead. Maybe it was choosing the path less traveled instead of the wide road. Whatever the reason, mere seconds can be well spent and change lives forever.

Have you ever stopped to consider how many seconds you have? If every second counts, then let’s count the seconds we have. For example, how many seconds do we have in a day? A month? A whole year?

A wise man once said that there are 12 seconds in a year. January 2nd, February 2nd, March 2nd…OK, you get the picture. But those aren’t the seconds we’re talking about! We mean that small unit of time that’s about as long as it takes to say, “one thousand one.”

To figure out how many seconds there are in a year, we’re going to need to know a little math. To convert a certain quantity to a different unit of measure, we need to figure out what is called the conversion factor.

To do this, we need to come up with a ratio — or fraction — that equals one. In the ratio, the conversion factor is a multiplier that gets applied to the larger unit to convert it into the smaller unit through multiplication.

Sound confusing? Don’t worry. A simple example will make things clear. When thinking about how many seconds there are in a year, let’s first figure out the different units of measurement of time involved. We have the second, the minute, the hour, the day, the month and the year.

Let’s start with the largest of these measures: the year. To convert years to the next smallest unit — the month — we have to know how many months are in a year. Since we know there are 12 months in a year, our ratio would be 1:12 (one year:12 months) or 1/12. So, the conversion factor is 12.

If we want to know how many months are in 5 years, we just need to multiply the number of years by the conversion factor. Five years times 12 months/year equals 60 months in 5 years. Easy enough, right?

To figure out even smaller units, you can keep doing multiple conversions to smaller and smaller units. Just make sure that the units you’re using are all the same. For example, there are 24 hours in each day, but not all months have the same number of days. To convert one year to seconds, you’ll need to skip using months and convert to days, hours, minutes and finally seconds.

Each step of the way, you’ll need to compute the conversion factor and then multiply. Here’s what the conversion from one year to seconds would look like:

1 year = 365 days (no, we’re not counting leap years!)

1 day = 24 hours

1 hour = 60 minutes

1 minute = 60 seconds

So…drum roll, please…one year would equal 365 times 24 times 60 times 60 seconds…or 31,536,000 seconds! That’s over 31 million seconds you have to spend over the next year. What will you do with YOUR seconds?

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Ready to put some of your precious seconds to good use? Check out these fun ways to spend quality time together as a family:

Play some fun Backyard Games! Watch those seconds turn into minutes and then into hours as you play fun games with your friends and family members right in your own backyard. Time spent with friends and family is always time well spent, so find a game that you can all enjoy and play the day away!Playing games isn’t the only way to have a fun time with friends and family. Why not become tourists in your own city? Have you seen all there is to see in your local area? There always seem to be those little places that you never seem to get around to visiting. Find a new place to explore today. Or you could also make a family meal together! Have all family members think of their favorite food that they’d like to share with everyone else. Head out to the grocery store together and get all the supplies you’ll need. When you get home, turn on some music and get cooking in the kitchen. Enjoy your time together. You’ll have a feast you won’t soon forget! After you’re finished eating, why not end the day by having a family reading party in bed?! Bake some cookies, grab a glass of milk and snuggle up together to read some of your favorite stories together.Up for a challenge? Units of time aren’t the only units of measurement that you can learn to convert from smaller to larger units and vice versa. Head to the kitchen and get out a set of measuring cups and spoons. Using these items, experiment on your own to figure out how the units convert from one to another. How many teaspoons are in a tablespoon? Feel free to use the Internet to research conversion tables for these units of measurement to determine whether your best guesses were accurate or not.


Mya says
February 10, 2016 @ 08:56

24 January 2nd, January 22nd and so on


Rick says
February 11, 2016 @ 18:28

3.154e+7 seconds are in a year


SATHEESH KUMAR says
February 26, 2016 @ 08:24

how 24


Scotty M says
March 5, 2016 @ 05:11

Whoever said that a light year is not a measure of distance is completely WRONG…………a lightyear is the DISTANCE a particle of light can travel in a year…….light can travel the earth 7.5 x in 1 second


. says
March 25, 2016 @ 00:55

I did 60×60×24×7×4×12 but it equaled 29,030,400


RoEM kINDNESSIAN says
March 30, 2016 @ 01:44

SO EASY ITS 12


Dan says
March 30, 2016 @ 07:46

What about the twenty second?


shurjo says
April 6, 2016 @ 09:44

31 556 926 seconds ha ha


Aditya says
June 15, 2016 @ 10:57

its 315360000 sec


Skyler Coronel says
June 24, 2016 @ 18:33

All of you are wrong

24. If you said 12 for January 2nd, February 2nd, etc that’s close, but you forgot about January 22nd, February 22nd and so on. If you are a math whiz and didn’t need a calculator to perform 60 x 60 x 24 x 365, then 31,536,000 works too. If you used 365.25 to account for leap year, then you are a human calculator.


Hudges says
September 26, 2016 @ 07:08

If the question is as written, then it is, as highlighted by Whart above, literally the number of seconds

“The question was how many (seconds) not (nd’s) in a year so the correct answer is 31,536,000 in a year.”

However, should it be spoken in a quiz, then there are several answers as displayed above, but which could also include the second:
– month of the year
– week of the year
– fortnight of the year
– quarter of the year
– half of the year

Should one become pedantic, one might include second halves of matches; football, rugby etc., so the number could be any one of a wide variety of answers, which probably makes this not a very good question. I know that it is supposed to be a little ambiguous, but it leaves too much room for debate.


isaac ho says
November 13, 2016 @ 23:01

this is the way how you do it
60×60=3600
[3600×24=86400 which is how many seconds in a day]
86400×365=31536000
86400×366=31622400
.


lordsharry says
November 27, 2016 @ 12:25

there are 31,536,000 in a year. To prove it right 1year=365days 1day=24 hours 1hour =60 minutes 1minute=60 seconds therefore 365x24x60x60=31,536,000 seconds i a year. To prove it, use your calculator and calculate it u will find out de same thing or if u dont find the same thing, u made mistake in your calculations.


Vidya says
December 7, 2016 @ 22:03

There are twelve seconds in a year


Jim says
December 18, 2016 @ 16:44

My question was simple it wasn’t about dates it was about fractions of minutes seconds 3156000 was the answer to my question. How many of these seconds in a year have we wasted. And thinking of it now how many really continue to waste. For me not another single one second for life is so precious and time it’s so precious. To waste any more would be selfish and stupid as for me never again this simple question answered a lot more answers that I needed to hear


Jim says
December 18, 2016 @ 16:46

Thank you all for all your many answers. This question has opened my eyes. And now is leading me down a path with more open eyes and open heart God bless you all and thank you


The_ProAtRiddles says
May 24, 2017 @ 02:23

In real life its 3156000 but its 12 in the riddle


The_ProAtRiddles says
May 24, 2017 @ 02:31

15993 times 50 = LOL I SAID TIMES INSTEAD OF DOING THE TIMES SIGN


Charles says
July 5, 2017 @ 14:40

The closest answer would be in accordance with the tropical year, natural year and 3 others. Rounding to the nearest second the calculation would include 365 days, 5hours, 48 minutes, 46 seconds or 60 x 60 x 24 x 365.25 -(60 x 12 +46


Adora says
November 12, 2017 @ 03:08

But my problem is not like that.My problem is i need a sentence when im travelling using this seconds to day.


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