CE Board May 2016

The Distance the Particle Travels with Given Position Function x(t) = t^4 - 8t^2

Problem
Given the position function x(t) = t4 - 8t2, find the distance that the particle travels at t = 0 to t = 4.

A.   160 C.   140
B.   150 D.   130

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Weight of Copper and Tin to Produce an Alloy of 30% Copper and 10% of Tin

Problem
A given alloy contains 20% copper and 5% tin. How many pounds of copper and of tin must be melted with 100 lb of the given alloy to produce another alloy analyzing 30% copper and 10% tin? All percentages are by weight.

A.   20.5 lb copper and 4.5 lb tin
B.   17.5 lb copper and 7.5 lb tin
C.   19.5 lb copper and 5.5 lb tin
D.   18.5 lb copper and 6.5 lb tin
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Nutrition: Amount of food A, B and C to Meet the Nutrient Requirements

Problem
A nutritionist in a hospital is arranging special diets that consist of a combination of three basic foods. It is important that the patients on this diet consume exactly 310 units of calcium, 190 units of iron, and 250 units of vitamin A each day. The amounts of these nutrients in one ounce food are given in the following table.

  Units Per Ounce
Calcium Iron Vitamin A
Food A 30 10 10
Food B 10 10 30
Food C 20 20 20

How many ounces each food must be used to satisfy the nutrient requirements exactly?

A.   6 ounces of Food A, 5 ounces of Food B and 3 ounces of Food C
B.   3 ounces of Food A, 5 ounces of Food B and 6 ounces of Food C
C.   6 ounces of Food A, 3 ounces of Food B and 5 ounces of Food C
D.   5 ounces of Food A, 3 ounces of Food B and 6 ounces of Food C

Strength of Temporary Earth Retaining Wall Made from Wooden Planks

Situation
A temporary earth retaining wall consists of wooden plank driven vertically into the ground. The wall is designed to resist 2.4 m height of soil.

Given the following:
Cross-sectional dimensions of the plank = 300 mm wide × 75 mm thick
Allowable bending stress of the plank = 10.4 MPa
Allowable shear stress of the plank = 0.8 MPa
Unit weight of retained soil = 17.3 kN/m3
Active earth pressure coefficient = 1/3

1.   Calculate the maximum flexural stress.

A.   12.7 MPa C.   8.6 MPa
B.   14.2 MPa D.   10.1 MPa

2.   Calculate the maximum shear stress.

A.   1.11 MPa C.   0.99 MPa
B.   0.33 MPa D.   0.77 MPa

3.   Calculate the minimum thickness of the plank to prevent failure.

A.   90 mm C.   110 mm
B.   80 mm D.   100 mm

Burning Bale from Catapult to Travel 150 ft and Clear Over 35 ft Castle Wall

Problem
A catapult is placed 100 ft from the castle wall, which is 35 feet high. The soldier wants the burning bale of hay to clear the top of the wall and land 50 feet inside the castle wall. If the initial velocity of the bale is 70 feet per second, then at what angle should the bale of hay be launched so that it travel 150 feet and pass over the castle wall. Use g = 32 ft/sec2.
 

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A.   49.8° C.   39.2°
B.   50.8° D.   40.2°

 

Equation of the Diameter of Parabola Bisecting Parallel Chords of Given Slope

Problem
A parabola has an equation of y2 = 8x. Find the equation of the diameter of the parabola, which bisect chords parallel to the line xy = 4.

A.   y = 2 C.   y = 4
B.   y = 3 D.   y = 1

 

Truss With Tension-Only Diagonals

Situation
Diagonals BG, CF, CH, and DG of the truss shown can resist tension only.
 

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If W = 3 kN and P = 0, find the following:
1.   the force in member CF.

A.   4.76 kN C.   4.67 kN
B.   4.32 kN D.   4.23 kN

2.   the force in member BF.

A.   3.2 kN C.   3.4 kN
B.   3.3 kN D.   3.5 kN

3.   the force in member DH.

A.   2.8 kN A.   2.5 kN
B.   2.8 kN D.   2.7 kN

 

3-Panel Truss with Flexible Cables Used as Diagonals

Situation
Flexible cables BE and CD are used to brace the truss shown below.
 

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1.   Determine the load W to cause a compression force of 8.9 kN to member BD.

A.   7.80 kN C.   26.70 kN
B.   35.64 kN D.   13.35 kN

2.   Which cable is in tension and what is the tensile reaction?

A.   BE = 12.58 kN C.   BE = 6.29 kN
B.   CD = 6.29 kN D.   CD = 12.58 kN

3.   If W = 20 kN, what will be the tensile reaction of member CE?

A.   6.67 kN C.   0
B.   13.33 kN D.   10 kN

 

Absolute Pressure at 200 mm Below the Surface of Liquid Mercury

Problem
Determine the absolute pressure in a vessel of mercury at a point 200 mm below its surface.

A.   126 kPa C.   128 kPa
B.   130 kPa D.   132 kPa

 

Fundamental Frequency of Fourier Equation in Cosine Form

Problem
Given the Fourier equation:

f(t) = 5 cos (20πt) + 2 cos (40πt) + cos (80πt)

What is the fundamental frequency?

A.   10 C.   40
B.   20 D.   30

 

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