February 14, 2003

U. of ??? Engineering Exam

1. Calculate the smallest limb diameter on a
persimmon tree that will support a 10-pound possum.

2. Which of the following cars will rust out the
quickest when placed on blocks in your front yard? 66
Ford Fairlane, 69 Chevrolet Chevelle, 64 Pontiac GTO.

3. If your uncle builds a still that operates at a
capacity of 20 gallons of shine per hour, how many car
radiators are necessary to condense the product?

Please complete all 10 questions for full credit.

4. A woodcutter has a chain saw that operates at 2700
rpm. The density of the pine trees in a plot to be
harvested is 470 per acre. The plot is 2.3 acres in
size. The average tree diameter is 14 inches. How
many Budweisers will it take to cut the trees?

5. If every old refrigerator in the state vented a
charge of R-12 simultaneously, what would be the
decrease in the ozone layer?

6. A front porch is constructed of 2x8 pine on
24-inch centers with a fieldrock foundation. The span
is 8 feet and the porch length is 16 feet. The porch
floor is1-inch rough sawn pine. When the porch
collapses, how many hound dogs will be killed?

7. A man owns a Tennessee house and 3.7 acres of land
in a hollow with an average slope of 15%. The man has
5 children. Can each of the children place a mobile
home on the man's land? (This reminded me of Madison County)

8. A 2-ton truck is overloaded and proceeding 900
yards down a steep grade on a secondary road at 45 mph.
The brakes fail. Given the average traffic on secondary
roads, what are the chances that it will strike a
vehicle that has a muffler?

9. A coal mine operates a NFPA Class 1, Division 2
Hazardous Area. The mine employs 120 miners per shift.
A gas warning is issued at the beginning of 3rd shift.
How many cartons of unfiltered Camels will be smoked
during the shift?

10. At a reduction in gene pool variability rate of
7.5% per generation, how long will it take a town
that has been bypassed by the interstate to breed a
country-western singer?

Posted by fred1st at February 14, 2003 07:22 PM | TrackBack

Ah, the VPI entrance exam!

Posted by: ron at February 15, 2003 02:24 AM

I think that is the engineering exam from MSU...
"Making Stuff Up," which is where I got my degree.

Posted by: Fran at February 15, 2003 07:59 PM

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