I have been a major slacker lately when it comes to posting, because my time has been consumed almost entirely by two things:
- Incredibly busy projects at work – we can barely keep up despite 100% utilization and a few hours of (unpaid) overtime per week
- Incredibly frustrating study problems for the PE exam – this test is a doozy: 8 full hours of engineering problems, averaging only 6 minutes of solution time per problem
Mind you, I am a water/wastewater engineer who works primarily with pipe lines, pump stations, and treatment plants… so all of the traffic, structural, stormwater, and geotechnical engineering problems are outside of the scope of my day-to-day work. In fact, I haven’t done some of this work since I was a sophomore in college, nearly 8 years ago! Hence the need for review. And because I am taking the Civil: Water Resources version of the exam, I need to spend a lot of time reviewing the type of work I’ve done at my job over the last four years: it makes up 70% of the exam!
Just so you know I’m not making up the need to study like an adderal popping college student (though without the adderal and without the free time of a college student, unfortunately), I’ve posted a few sample problems below.
Anyone want to take a crack at solving them? Can you do each problem in 6 minutes or less?