StopLurkListen: So, if one can just do basic math one can get a job with McLaren?In THIS country, students get in over their head in debt for a good four-year college degree, and *might* be lucky enough to get a callback *someday* from a company which may or may not be related to one's field of education, but most likely will be unemployed & living at home with parents?WHAT. [i548.photobucket.com image 506x700]Angry chipmunk!
Abner Doon: The log stuff is pretty easy. Just remember log (a*b) = log a + log b and log(a/b) = log a - log bSo the first one, log 40 is cake because thats log (4*10) = log 4 (which is given) + log 10. Since it's log base 10, log 10 = 1.The second one is cuter, log (.12) = log(12/100) = log 12 - log 100 = log (3*4) - log 100 = log 3 + log 4 - log 100.The rest is just simple arithmatic to get the actual numbers.
russlar: as a follower of F1, the problems at williams are much bigger than maths.
NIXON YOU DOLT!!!!!: On the downside, though, I've noticed that most college graduates can't string together a proper sentence.
Foxxinnia: I thought the math test would be something crazy and I'd end up thinking, "Holy cow, people can do this without a calculator?"
Quantumbunny: Also, being generic as writing things like write .3 as a fraction... 3/10 is not the only valid answer. They really need to be specific like writing it as lowest termed fraction or similar.
Abner Doon: So the first one, log 40 is cake because thats log (4*10) = log 4 (which is given) + log 10. Since it's log base 10, log 10 = 1.
Ambitwistor: Abner Doon: So the first one, log 40 is cake because thats log (4*10) = log 4 (which is given) + log 10. Since it's log base 10, log 10 = 1.That one initially stumped me because I over-thought it. I didn't assume the base was known.
Dimensio: Mayhem of the Black Underclass: FTFA:Williams F1 struggling to find recruits with maths skillsMaybe they should find someone who understands the Englishs to write the test?/i know i know, but it sounds so wrong.Are you unaware that "maths" is an acronym.
Dear Jerk: Sixth graders may have knowledge, but not wisdom. If you employ them as engineers they will make a device and blow up your business.
Benevolent Misanthrope: God, I feel like an idiot - I got all of them except the ones that called for 11pc and 12.5pc. Can't for the life of me remember what that pc means.
The Flexecutioner: i can do all of them except the square root of 7 and the logs without a calculator.
Bisu: Am I the only one that doesn't use math enough to do this quickly (had to write out the long division, multiplication, and 2nd log one), or did people miss the part where you have 2 minutes to complete 15 questions? I would have needed at least 2:30 to do it the first time.
Uchiha_Cycliste: Were you guys able to do the division without aid?i feel kinda dumb now =(
aelat: Just six young people passed, with 10 failing to get more than half the answers right - a failure rate of two-thirds.10/16 = 2/3?
Sylvia_Bandersnatch: The Flexecutioner: i can do all of them except the square root of 7 and the logs without a calculator.It didn't ask for the square *root* of 7; that's actually quite challenging. It only asked for the *square*, which is 49.
The Voice of Doom: debbie_does_dishesPlus, the rules of mathematics explicitly stateThe what?a fraction is only correct when it cannot be reduced further than integer values.That sounds more like "you only get full points if.." and not something mathematical, i.e. someone grading a test might require fractions to be reduced, but that doesn't make 0.3=30/100 less correct.
GRCooper: Sylvia_Bandersnatch: The Flexecutioner: i can do all of them except the square root of 7 and the logs without a calculator.It didn't ask for the square *root* of 7; that's actually quite challenging. It only asked for the *square*, which is 49.In the US it's written (in my experience) "7 squared".Took me a second to figure what they wanted
The Voice of Doom: Reducing the fraction isn't a law like they're going to break your fingers, but it's a very regular rule and they do expect it. If you don't, they may think you're either ignorant or a smartass. And if you're applying for a job, you don't want to be seen that way. You can argue the academics later with your friends.I agree that this is the case and that anything else but writing 3/10 would be obfuscation and look stupid.As I said, it's a case of "you only get full points if..".But this still doesn't mean that not reducing a fraction violates some "explicit law of math".Depending on the problem you have to solve, not reducing some fractions can even have advantages.
Sylvia_Bandersnatch: This quiz is for job applicants, not pendants looking for an argument.
Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Hurr, I said "pendants". I'm an arse. Urgh.
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