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KerwoodDerby: ChubbyTiger: Like everyone else, incredibly simple except for the logs, which I haven't seen in 20+ yrs. I have to wonder why they would care about logs.

They're not looking for people who can manipulate logarithms, they're looking for people who can think in "log-space", comprehending the idea of multiplicative distance rather than simple linear distance. Most of physics and engineering assumes mastery of log-space as a base-level expectation for participation.

Heck, even birds can work out such things...

Mayhem of the Black Underclass: FTFA:Williams F1 struggling to find recruits with maths skills

Maybe 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.
I got 100%

It's all thanks to mandated government schooling here in the US. If the government hadn't forcibly taken money from my neighbors and used that forcibly taken money to build schools and give it to unionized teachers and forced me to go to school, I never would have learned this stuff. Thank god the government was looking out for me.
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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.

I assumed base 2 for a few seconds and was kinda confused why none of the numbers would work out. Then I remembered it's not Comp Sci.
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russlar: as a follower of F1, the problems at williams are much bigger than maths.

Actually, the inability of their employees to complete this test might explain their standings.

They should have Maldonado take it.

"what is five times five?" -- MALDONADO CRASH!!

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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.

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Angry chipmunk!

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If you have one bucket that contains 2 gallons and another bucket that contains 7 gallons, how many buckets do you have?

/i like money
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What Williams NEEDS is two recruits that can pass a driving test.
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spentmiles: 100% correct in 64 seconds. Next.

I too got 100% in 64 seconds.

Granted, there are lots of 64 seconds within 2 hours...
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redTiburon: they can't spell "math" either.

Maths is the correct abbreviation in English. Math is the correct abbreviation in American English. The article is from a British newspaper about a story from Britain therefore English is the correct language to use and not American English.

Back to the article I'm not surprised as apprenticeships are normally for people who leave school at 16 because they don't fit into academic education. If they had the raw ability to do these maths problems in their heads they should be doing post 16 education in one of the alphabet soup qualifications (A levels, NVQs, GNVQ's, BTecs, HND's etc)
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It's farking arithmetic. I was expecting to see differential geometry or vector calculus.
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Benevolent Misanthrope: kmmontandon: 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.

... seriously?

Percent.

Seriously. It never occurred to me. I can do calculus in my head but can't read a basic arithmetic problem.

Yeah, I know, I suck.

I've never seen that convention either. I figured it out quickly enough, but for a split second I was wondering WTF a parsec was doing in a basic math test.
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Did anyone say 42 yet?

How about "I was told there would be no math"

Just want to make sure this is a Fark thread is all....
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FTFA:Williams F1 struggling to find recruits with maths skills

Maybe they should find someone who understands the Englishs to write the test?

/i know i know, but it sounds so wrong.
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kmmontandon: 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.

... seriously?

Percent.

Seriously. It never occurred to me. I can do calculus in my head but can't read a basic arithmetic problem.

Yeah, I know, I suck.

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