# Frequent question: What does it mean when a clock goes fast?

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## What does it mean when a clock is fast?

If your watch or clock is fast, it shows a time that is later than the correct time.

## Why is my atomic clock fast?

If the atomic radio controlled clock is off by one or more hours, it probably has to do with the time zone setting. … Other atomic wall clocks may allow the selection of any time zone, even time zones that are outside the WWVB coverage area. When purchasing a clock, make sure that it can display the correct time zone.

## Why are some clocks faster than others?

Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity predicts that clocks at different gravitational potentials will tick at different rates—a clock at higher elevation will tick faster than will a clock closer to Earth’s center.

## How can I speed up my clock?

Regulating the clock — Pendulum Nut:

The clock can be made to go faster or slower by means of the nut at the bottom of the pendulum. Turning the front of the nut to the right speeds up the clock, and turning it to the left slows it down (in other words move the nut up to speed up, or down to slow down).

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## How do you fix a clock that loses time?

To remedy this, simply take down the clock, open up the battery compartment, and inspect the batteries to see if the batteries are worn out or rusted in any way. If there is rust, use an emery nail file to shave it off. Replace the batteries with fresh ones and your clock will start working like brand new.

## How long does it take for an atomic clock to set itself?

When you turn a radio controlled clock on, it will probably miss the first time code, so it usually takes more than one minute to set itself (sometimes 5 minutes or longer) depending on the signal quality and the receiver design.

## Why is my atomic clock not working?

Try powering down the clock (unplug it or remove the batteries), then turn it on again to see if it synchronizes. If the clock uses batteries, check them and replace if necessary. If the radio controlled clock is a desk top unit, try rotating it 90 degrees.

## Why hasn’t my atomic clock changed time?

If your clock did not change with Daylight Savings Time (DST), make sure the DST switch on the back of the clock is set to ON. If your clock is off by increments of an hour, the Time Zone (TZ) is set incorrectly. Check the Time Zone switch on the back of the clock. If the problem persists, we have a one year warranty.

## Is it bad to turn a clock backwards?

There is no set rule, it depends on the clock! So many of my customers are shocked when they see me move the hands backwards on their clocks. … In the last sixty or seventy years more than 95% of the clocks manufactured have been designed so that you can safely move the minute hand counter-clockwise.

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## What causes a pendulum to eventually slow down and stop swinging?

When the swing is raised and released, it will move freely back and forth due to the force of gravity on it. The swing continues moving back and forth without any extra outside help until friction (between the air and the swing and between the chains and the attachment points) slows it down and eventually stops it.

## Why does my pendulum clock keep stopping?

The reason a clock pendulum often stops swinging, after being moved, is because the clock case now leans at a slightly different angle then it did at its former location. … A clock is “in beat” when the tick and the tock are evenly spaced.