Problem of the Week: Gunter's Chain

One of the reasons for the eventual rejection of Thomas Jefferson's proposal that the nautical mile be used in the public land surveys was that it was not evenly divisible into chains. The statue mile, equal to 80 chains, was preferred. Under this system, 10 sq chains is equal to 1 ac.

The answer is (B).

This is problem 9 (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.