In this article (and video above), we calculate links and arcs in a road transportation network. This problem type might be found in the Transportation Engineering section of the FE Exam to help you prepare for your FE Exam. This problem was created and solved by Engineer in training, Enrique Ivers, LEED Green Associate.
The connection matrix represents a road transportation network between five locations:
What is the total number of links, and the total number of arcs?
In order to answer this question, we need to create a graphical representation for the transportation network created by the connection matrix.
We’ll connect the nodes as shown in the matrix, recalling that “1” specifies a bidirectional connection (a link) and that “-1” specifies a unidirectional connection (an arc).
Now we can count the links and arcs:
The correct answer is A.
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