# Lab question

The question goes as follows: Why are clockwise and counterclockwise referred to as "senses" rather than directions?

It should be obvious, right? But I just can't seem to figure out what they are talking about. I mean, senses are touch, taste, hearing, seeing, smelling. What does clockwise or counterclockwise have to do with this, and why would they ask it in regards to a torque lab?

Trista said:
The question goes as follows: Why are clockwise and counterclockwise referred to as "senses" rather than directions?
It should be obvious, right? But I just can't seem to figure out what they are talking about. I mean, senses are touch, taste, hearing, seeing, smelling. What does clockwise or counterclockwise have to do with this, and why would they ask it in regards to a torque lab?
A direction can be thought of in terms of a compass. Up is north, down is south, etc. The vector is pointing in that direction. However, what direction is the vector pointing in a counter-clockwise torque? (Yea yea, if you want to get picky you could point out that its based on the right hand rule, etc.) You can't point to a direction and say, its turning this way. So you have to use sense as opposed to direction. Look it up in your glossary, its there for a reason ;)

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