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RainbowDash52
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Point.Less
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There are 366 days in a year (rounded to the nearest whole number).

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RainbowDash52
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Started: 6/12/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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RainbowDash52

Pro

Definitions:
Day: the time in which Earth rotates exactly 360 degrees around its axis.
Year: the time taken for the Earth to complete one revolution of its orbit.

The first round is acceptance only.

I will be arguing there are 366 days in a year, rounded to the nearest whole number.
Point.Less

Con

The earth is revolving around the sun in 365.256 days. Your 366 day are not even rounded to the nearest whole number, if you want to round the number, it's 365 days. of course, the earth revolving around the sun doesn't have any relation to the time the earth takes to turn around its axis once. But it does have some relation because of our seasons. This means that every four years, the earth is one day ahead, so we add another day ( 0.256*4=1.024-1 day=0.024 days). But this still leaves us with 0,024 days per 4 years. So, every hundred years, we leave the leap year out. Except when it is divisible by four. This leaves us with 0.0001% accuracy. I think that means mission accomplished, right?
Debate Round No. 1
RainbowDash52

Pro

I stated the first round was for acceptance only, so judges must ignore my opponent's first round argument.

It takes 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds for the Earth to rotate 360 degrees around its axis, measured relative to the stars (a stellar day) [1]. The 24 hour day most people are familiar with is measured by the time for the Earth to rotate 360 degrees around its axis, measured relative to the sun (a solar day) [2]. The sun moves very little in relation to the stars, so a stellar day is an accurate measurement of a full rotation of Earth on its axis. A stellar day is also equal to 23 hours, 56 minutes, and 4 seconds (rounded to the nearest second) [3]. There are 366.242199 sidereal days in a year [4], the same as the number of stellar days in a year. 366.242199 rounded to the nearest whole number is 366. So there are 366 days in a year rounded to the nearest whole number.

[1] http://en.wiktionary.org...
[2] http://en.wiktionary.org...
[3] http://astronomy.swin.edu.au...
[4] http://www.google.com...
Point.Less

Con

Point.Less forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
RainbowDash52

Pro

When I sited source 3, I meant to say Sidereal day (in addition to stellar day) also equals 23 hours 56 minutes 4 seconds, as what my source says. Sorry for the mistake. Following from there, there are 366 sidereal days in a year, so there are also 366 stellar days in a year, which is the same number of days in a year, as of how I defined the word day, as explained in my first post.

Since my opponent has not made an argument, I have nothing else to say.
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Con

Point.Less forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct was for 2 occasions. 1 of which was due to the forfeit and the other was when Con broke the rule of acceptance. It was pretty outlined pretty clear on Pro's first round. As for arguments, Pro won a clear victory. Con's argument were basic whilst Pro had more depth. More depth= Arguments Pro.