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Fun and Games: August 30

August 31, 2010
Problem of the Week: Gunter's Chain 2

Early field notes from public land surveys sometimes refer to a two-pole chain. What is a two pole chain?

(A) A two-pole chain is a chain that is equipped with two long wooden handles.

(B) The phrase two-pole chain is simply another term used to describe a standard-length Gunter's chain.

(C) A two-pole chain is 132.00 ft long.

(D) A two-pole chain is one-half of a standard Gunter's chain, or 33.00 ft long.

A pole, also known as a rod or a perch, has a length of 16.5 ft. Therefore, a two-pole chain is a chain that is 33.00 ft in legnth. 

The answer is (D).


This is problem 11 (5-2) from the NEW third edition of “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (formerly "1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems"). Reprinted with permission from “Surveying Solved Problems for the FS and PS Exams” by Jan Van Sickle, PLS (2008 Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or visit www.ppi2pass.com