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Posted by Craig on 05:47:00 AM in Information
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I love #33.
September 04, 2013 at 09:41 AM
Apropos #33 -- when I was an udergrad (back before we had electricity) we actually used slide rules.
OK, people, do you even know what a slide rule is?
Hint: Some of us used a holster for it, which was immobilized by means of a strap around the thigh (for a faster draw)!
September 05, 2013 at 11:50 AM
I may not be THE big Henry but I am A big Henry too. Not to confuse people.
I went through the Navy's Nuclear Power School in 1968 and before the school started, we had 4 weeks of remedial math including 2-3 hours a day on how to use a slide rule.
I still have it and pull it out to wave at my daughter (A Chem Engineer) from time to time.
I tried to give it to her in 1993 when she went off to school and she refused it. Imagine, a vintage K&E slide rule and she preferred a cheap TI graphing calculator.
In grad school, 1977, I learned how to do multiple regression analysis using a 4 function calculator. 3 of us spent an entire saturday once calculating demand for glass against building permits and car sales. I could see X bars and X bar minus Y bar in my sleep for weeks afterward.
And did I mention that I had to walk 10 miles to school, uphill both ways?
I get no sympathy from my kids.
John Henry |
September 05, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Not an engineer but I do have an MBA. First mid-term exam, Managerial Economics, I got 21 points, out of 100. No curve at all.
And I was not even the low grade.
#1 reminds me of the MBA comprehensive exam that everyone had to take to graduate. 4 hours, 5 questions on the core. Come back after lunch and 4 more hours, 5 questions on your major.
Questions like "Discuss quality" "What is Human resource management?"
1st time pass rate was 50-60% but you got 5 chances, once a year.
I did one complete bluebook per question and toward the end of some of the bluebooks I was pretty much just putting down any words I could think of.
(I passed both parts)
John Henry |
September 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
BTW: There is an enormous amount of math involved in operating a nuclear reactor. At least a 60's Navy reactor.
Calculations about neutron flux, how far to pull out control rods and all sorts of arcana.
All done by 19-25 yr old HS grads using slide rules.
Kind of scary to think of it now.
John Henry |
September 05, 2013 at 07:35 PM
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