Hillbilly engineering exam

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> 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?
> 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
> diameter is 14 inches. How many Budweisers will it take to cut the
> 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
> field rock foundation. The span is 8 feet
> and the porch length is 16 feet. The porch floor is 1-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
> 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 in an 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?


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