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Day of the Week For Any Date (Revised)


Published on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 in calendar , feats, memory, mental math

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The current calendar system we use is known as the Gregorian calendar, since it was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII. It was first put into use in 1582 by the Catholic countries, so the calculations you've learned aren't really effective for dates before 1600. In addition, many non-Catholic countries didn't adopt the Gregorian calendar until much later. Britain and its colonies didn't adapt the calendar until 1752. The use of the Gregorian calendar as a worldwide standard, however, didn't happen until the 1920s!

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I can't emphasize enough the speed advantages of dropping multiples of 7, and becoming comfortable with that process. After you get use to doing this for dates from the 7th to the 31st several times, it almost becomes automatic. Carry a perpetual calendar! It's one thing to do this feat and know you're right. When you're doing it for an audience, they'll need some way to verify that you're correct. Originally, this meant carrying around a bulky book of calendars, but many mobile devices today make this much easier. You'll generally want an app that mainly generates calendars for a wide variety of year, without appointment features, such as QuickCal for the iPhone and iPod Touch. iPad users can use YearViewer, and Android users can use Two Hundred Year Calendar or Day of Week. Want to practice on the go? Download these free mp3 files that give a date, then pause, then give the day of the week. The pauses range from 30 seconds down to 3 seconds, so you can challenge yourself as you get better. They're available in both DATE/MONTH/YEAR order (common in the UK, Australia, and Europe) and MONTH/DATE/YEAR (common in the US). As you've seen, working out year codes can take longer than just remembering the month, date, and week codes. When performing, the smart thing to do is ask for the year first, work out the year code as needed (including whether a leap adjustment will be needed), and only then ask for the specific date. That way, not only do you get the year calculation out of the way, but you'll be able to determine the weekday more quickly and it will appear more impressive to your audience. When you're comfortable performing the feat this way, but you find you desire to be quicker, there is a more advanced step you can take. You can completely eliminate the calculations of the year code by memorizing the 100 codes needed for the years 2000-2099. To do this, you'll need to be familiar with the Link System, the Shape Peg System and the Phonetic Peg System (AKA the Major System) (with images for 0 to 99). workout ...TOPIC (33) memory (29) mental math (20) feats (19) ...DATE ...RANKING ...VIEW TWITTER UPDATES

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Once you've practiced those systems and are comfortable with them, you use the Phonetic Peg System for images to represent the last two digits of the year (0 to 99), and the Shape Peg system for the year code (from 0 to 6). You then use the Link System to mentally link those two images together. If you decide to go this method, here's a complete chart of the years from 2000 to 2099 with their corresponding year codes. Because the images people use with the above systems are so widely varied, I've avoided suggesting any mnemonics.
Year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Year Code 0 1 2 3 5 6

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2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031 2032 2033 2034 2035 2036 2037 2038 2039 2040 2041 2042 2043

1 2 3 4 6 0 1 2 4 5 6 0 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 5 6 0 1 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4

2044 2045 2046 2047 2048 2049 2050 2051 2052 2053 2054 2055 2056 2057 2058 2059 2060 2061 2062 2063 2064 2065 2066 2067 2068 2069 2070 2071 2072 2073 2074 2075 2076 2077 2078 2079 2080 2081 2082 2083 2084 2085 2086 2087 2088 2089 2090 2091 2092 2093 2094

6 0 1 2 4 5 6 0 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 5 6 0 1 3 4 5 6 1 2 3 4 6 0 1 2 4 5 6 0 2 3 4 5 0 1 2 3 5 6 0 1 3 4 5

2095 2096 2097 2098 2099

6 1 2 3 4

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Posted by Pi Guy on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Labels: calendar, feats, memory, mental math

26 RESPONSE TO DAY OF THE WEEK FOR ANY DATE (REVISED)

Bram
June 19, 2011 1:47 PM

Hello, Great explanation (as always). Small typo on the first tab: "The other years don't change in leap years" --> the other months. Bram

Sapphire Ace
October 11, 2011 3:12 PM

Thank you so much! It was so worth it! And couldn't have found a better teacher! XD

CaptainNegatory
October 11, 2011 4:34 PM

The difficult part is finding the nearest leap year. Or is it just me that's missing something?

Gabriel
October 11, 2011 6:14 PM

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Gabriel
October 11, 2011 6:19 PM

In Portuguese, the days of the week are ordinal numbers, so it's even easier for me to apply the rules. This is great, thank you!

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