Joke:An Elephant’s Memory
Problem:Plats and Mapping: ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Plats

Joke of the Week: An Elephant's Memory

An elephant was drinking out of a river one day when he spotted a turtle asleep on a log. So, he ambled on over and kicked it clear across the river.

"What did you do that for?" asked a passing giraffe.

"Because I recognized it as the same turtle that took a nip out of my trunk 53 years ago."

"Wow, what a memory" commented the giraffe.

"Yes," said the elephant, "turtle recall".

Problem: Plats and Mapping: ALTA/ACSM Land Title Survey Plats

Which type of scale on a plat is most useful, and why?

(A) A representative fraction is most useful because it is dimensionless.
(B) A ratio scale, such as 1 in = 500 ft, is most useful since such a scale is universally understood.
(C) A bar scale is most useful since it remains valid despite enlargement or reduction of the plat.
(D) An architect’s scale, such as 1/8 in = 1 ft, is most useful since it allows the representation of the greatest detail.Which type of scale on a plat is most useful, and why?

Come back next week for the solution!
This is problem 20(10-12) 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 visitwww.ppi2pass.com .