Horizontal Curve Practice Problem — In this week’s edition of Pass the FE Exam – I am going to solve a Horizontal Curves problem, as demanded by many of our YouTube subscribers.
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Firstly, here is the problem below:
The best way to see this solution will be to watch the video which you can find at the top of this post, however, here are a few key points to remember when solving horizontal curve problems:
- Always sketch out the problem (even if given a sketch) by drawing it, you can often more easily think through the solution,
- Be wary when you are given A LOT of information as the answer may not be as obvious as you think (for example in this problem, if you used the chord length instead of arc length, you would have quickly gotten an answer, but it would have been wrong),
- Write out the variables you have and the ones you need as this step may help you select the right equation you’ll need to solve the problem.
I hope you found this week’s video helpful. In upcoming videos, I will share some more studying strategies and also cover some more problems including engineering economics practice problems.
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Anthony Fasano, P.E.
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success