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conducted by engineers who work at Naval Reactors

as design engineers. Most are civilians with specific

areas of expertise. If you are a EE major at the

Academy, then you will likely interview with EE

engineers at Naval Reactors (Most candidates will

interview with engineers in the same background as

their major). Group III majors will be asked

generally math and engineering questions. The

interviews last 30-60 minutes, and are one on one

with the engineers. Most people have two or three

interviews. Having only two interviews generally

means you passed both or failed both. The only thing

you will need is a writing instrument.

STRATEGY

The interviewers are trying to gauge whether you

are type of leader that can run a reactor plant that

powers our submarines and carriers. Stay calm and

focused and never give up. Find different ways to

solve the same problem and prove to the interviewer

that you DO understand mathematics and

engineering.

- Use the standard problem solving technique

- Draw FREE BODY DIAGRAMS

- Talk your way through the solution

Stay positive

ADMIRALS INTERVIEW

This legendary interview is nothing to fear, but it is

quite an unusual experience. Speaking directly to

an Admiral as a lowly MIDN is a tradition unlike any

other community in the Navy. Dont worry; there will

be several officers and staff coaching you up

through the time you enter his office. Once inside,

trust your judgment and answer his questions

honestly and with confidence. The Admiral only

wants motivated and sincere officers running the

reactor plants that power the fleet.

Why was your GPA so low during a particular semester?

Charleston?

Was submarines your first choice?

Why did you get a D or F in this course?

Did you give 100% effort toward your studies at USNA?

A. Physics

1. Find the period:

b) Which sphere bounces up the furthest? Why?

3. How far up the ramp does the ball travel? What happens if we include friction?

5. If the mass of block A is 1000 kg and rests on a frictionless incline, what is the mass of

block B so that the system stays in equilibrium? What if the incline is NOT frictionless?

b) Will the speed of the ball at impact change if it is thrown with an up or down angle?

Why or why not?

7. a) Find the magnitude and direction of Ball 2 after the collision. Assume M1 = M2

b) What percentage of kinetic energy is lost during the collision?

8. A rocket with mass M is sitting motionless in space. The rocket is powered by steam

with velocity VS and mass per time C = dm/dt. Write an equation for rocket acceleration in

terms of M, VS, and C.

9. a) Find the magnitude and direction of Dude #2 after the collision.

b) Using your answer from a) and given the same M2 and KSPRING, find the spring

displacement if Dude #2 completely stops after hitting the spring. Draw and label the freebody diagram.

11. Find a) the tension in the rope and b) the acceleration of M2 if both masses are

known. What happens if friction is NOT neglected? Assume M2 hangs freely.

12. You are 110 yards from the hole. Do you want the 8-iron or the 9-iron?

13. If the ball lands 4 seconds after launch, what is the maximum height the ball reaches?

and

16. Derive the angle that a projectile must be launched at in order to attain maximum

horizontal distance.

17. What happens to a ball spinning horizontally on a string when the string breaks?

18. Given the following half-pipe, how many times can the skateboarder go back and forth

until he stops? Assume the pipe is frictionless, except for the red length that has

.

19. Find the minimum initial velocity needed to clear the fence.

20. How fast must the bat swing in order to hit the ball 78 m/s? Let 100% of the

momentum be transferred.

B. Fluids

1. Find the horizontal distance the water travels as it first begins to drain from the tank.

b) Which tank has the larger outlet velocity and why?

3. a) If the yellow boxes represent cinder blocks, in which tank will the water level be

highest?

b) What happens if the yellow boxes represent foam blocks?

4. What are the criteria for the cone to float level with the water?

5. If the yellow block is thrown overboard and it sinks, does the water level rise, fall, or

stay the same?

1. a)

b)

c)

d)

Find the area bounded by the blue curve, y = 0, y = 1, and the x-axis

Find the area bounded by the blue curve, x = 1, x = 2, and the y-axis

Revolve the area defined in part a) around the x-axis and find the volume

Revolve the area defined in part a) around the y-axis and find the volume

b) Revolve the area of the shaded region around the x-axis and find the volume

c) Revolve the area of the shaded region around the y-axis and find the volume

3. Given:

Graph: a)

b)

c)

4. Given the following graph, sketch the first and second derivative:

5. Find the volume of the solid formed when the following area is rotated around the xaxis:

a) Graph neutrons vs. time

b) Find neutron increase between 10s and 11s

c) Find neutron production rate at 10.5s

d) What is the relationship between b) and c)?

7. Find the following limit:

10. Find the volume of the solid formed by revolving the shaded area around the x-axis.

11. A truck is at a crossroads. It can travel 50 mph on the road but only 14 miles offroad.

a) What is the maximum area the truck can cover in 10 minutes?

b) At what point should the truck leave the road in order to minimize the travel time to a

destination located at (X,Y)?

12. Derive the equation for a circle.

13. A rectangle has an area = L x W = 50 in2 = constant. If L is increasing at a rate of 2 in.

per minute,

a) What is the rate of change of the perimeter?

b) What are the dimensions when the perimeter ceases to change?

14. If water is entering the conical tank at the rate of 3 m3 per minute, what is the rate of

change of the radius of the water when h = 2?

16. Calculate the following (or at least describe HOW to solve it):

17. Solve for the line connecting the following two points: (4, 1) and (-1, -3)

18. Given:

a) Differentiate

b) Integrate for the following shaded region:

b) Find the area between the curves

20. Given:

a) Graph the function

b) Find the volume of the solid formed by revolving the area bounded by the

function, x = 1, and y = 4 around the x-axis.

21. a) Draw cos(x) from 0 to 2.

b) Draw sin(2x) from 0 to 2.

c) Find the area bounded by a) and b).

26. Find the relationship between the radius and height of a cylinder that maximizes

volume and minimizes surface area.

27. Given the following cup and a ruler, determine the cups volume in ounces. Pretend that

you measured the cup, and found the top diameter to be 9 cm, the bottom diameter to be 6

cm, and the vertical height to be 15 cm.

b) Find the area between the curves

D. Chemistry

1. Given Glucose (C6H12O6), determine:

a) the atom percentage of hydrogen in the molecule.

b) the weight percentage of hydrogen in the molecule.

E. Thermodynamics

1. Given an equation and enthalpies of formation, determine if the process in

endothermic or exothermic.

2. If the initial temperature of the water is 20 deg. C, what is the temperature of the water

after 1 hour?

3. Define entropy.

4. Define enthalpy.

F. Electrical

1. Find the currents through each resistor.

3. Explain as much as you can about the following circuit. Pay particular attention to what

the current in the circuit and the charge across the capacitor look like over time following

closing of the switch.

1. List the number of white and black beads hidden behind the cloud:

2. From the following diagram, determine the value of S when N = 10. [[diff. = 2N+1]]

3. You need to find the difference in height (X) between points A and B on the uneven

floor pictured below (exaggerated of course). Unfortunately, you only have the following

materials at hand:

- Clear, flexible plastic tube

- 2 Rulers

- Water

- Any help you need

How would you find X?

4. Two types of machines can be used to complete a job. By itself, Machine A completes the

job in 5 hours. By itself, Machine B completes the job in 7 hours. How long will it take to

complete the job using 2 A Machines and 3 B Machines?

H. Statics/Deforms/Strength of Materials

1. If MB and between block B and the incline are known, what is the maximum

possible mass of block A before the block begins to slide?

2. What is the difference between stress and strain on engineering materials? Be sure to

graph the relationship.

1. How do we separate Uranium from other compounds and elements in a liquid?

2. What materials should pipes be made of in order to pump Uranium and Hydrofluoric

Acid?

3. Questions specific to your Senior Design project.

1. Discuss your Senior Design project. What did you do? How did you pick your topic?

What was the outcome?

2. Discuss specific courses related to your focus/concentration (automotive, robotics,

nuclear engineering, etc.)

3. Discuss courses youve taken that relate to what your interviewer does (i.e. discuss a

Nuclear Materials course with an engineer from the Nuclear Materials Division)

4. Are there any questions I should have asked?

5. Be able to discuss any class on your transcript in detail.

6. Draw and explain the Otto and Diesel Cycles.

7. Be able to explain how 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines work.

8. Draw the temperature gradient from the center of a UO2 fuel pellet to the cooling

water (reference the diagram if you havent taken any of the Nuke tech electives):

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