Joke of the Week: Divine Payback

Problem of the week: Advanced Mathematics Problems: Areas

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Joke of the Week: Divine Payback

Father Francis Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing that it was an exceptionally beautiful, sunny spring day, decided he just had to play golf. So... he told the associate pastor that he was feeling sick and convinced him to say Mass for him that day.

As soon as the associate pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away, this way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.

Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church! At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"

The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not."

Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole. It was a 420 yard hole in one!

St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"

The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"

Problem of the week: Advanced Mathematics Problems: Areas

An existing rectangular parcel of land was measured many years ago with a Gunter's chain and was found to contain 40 ac. The original surveyor noted later that the chain used to make the measurements was one link too short. Assuming that the error was evenly distributed throughout the measuring, what was the area of the parcel?

A. 39.20 ac
B. 39.60 ac
C. 40.40 ac
D. 40.80 ac

This is problem 15(2-3) 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

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