Joke: Camping
Problem:Advanced Mathematics: Spiral Curves
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Joke of the Week: Camping

Two guys, Joe & Bill, went camping in the desert. After they got their tent set up, they fell sound asleep.

Some hours later, Joe wakes his friend and says, "Bill, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."

Bill replies, "I see millions of stars."

"What does that tell you?" asked Joe. Bill ponders for a minute, and then says, "Astronomically speaking, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies, and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, it tells me that Saturn is in Leo. Time wise, it appears to be approximately a quarter past three in the morning. Meteorologically, it seems we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Joe?"

Joe is silent for a moment, then says, "Bill, you idiot! Someone has stolen our tent"!

Problem: Advanced Mathematics: Spiral Curves

What is a spiral curve, as used in surveying?

(A) A spiral curve is also known as a compound circular curve.
(B) A spiral curve is a hyperbolic curve in the horizontal plane.
(C) A spiral curve is a loxodrome.
(D) A spiral curve is a curve with a uniformly varying radius.

Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 43(2-46) from the new second edition of1001 Solved Surveying Problemsby Jan Van Sickle. Reprinted with permission from1001 Solved Surveying Problemsby Jan Van Sickle (1997, 728 pp., Professional Publications Inc.). For details on this and other FLS exam-prep books, call 800/426-1178 or .

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