Why Is It A 12 Times Table?

Number 12

Question:
My daughter is 5 years old in Year 1 at school and learning time tables and during practice session told me why do we learn time-tables up to 12?  I had no idea what to say. 
Dan, Essex

Answer:
Name: James O’Brien
Qualification: Know it all Presenter (but we love him)
Answer:  How many inches are there in a foot?  12.  Before metric measurements were brought in we did all measurements in 12s, so why need the 13's time table?  12 is a crucial number going back to the Bible.  Clocks, coins key unit (12 shillings in a pound) and 12 inch rulers!

 

 

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