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UNIVERSITY OF MAKATI

COLLEGE OF CONSTRUCTION SCIENCES AND CIVIL ENGINEERING

PRE-QUALIFYING EXAM

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Directions. Write the letter of your chosen answer before the number. If E, write your final answer.

𝑥 2 −1
1. CE Nov 1997. Evaluate the following limit, lim .
𝑥→1 𝑥 2 +3𝑥−4
a. 2/5 c. 0 e. None of the choices
b. ∞ d. 5/2
2. CE May 1997. A frustum of a pyramid has an upper base 100𝑚 × 10𝑚 and a lower base of 80𝑚 × 8𝑚. If the altitude of the
frustum is 5𝑚, find its volume.
a. 4567.67𝑚3 c. 4066.67𝑚3 e. None of the choices
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b. 3873.33𝑚 d. 2345.98𝑚3
3. Delia can finish a job in 8 hours. Daisy can do it in 5 hours. If Delia worked for 3 hours and then Daisy was asked to help her
finish it, how long will Daisy have to work with Delia to finish the job?
a. 2/5 hours c. 28 hours e. None of the choices
b. 25/14 hours d. 1.923 hours
𝑒 𝑥 𝑑𝑥
4. Evaluate, ∫
1+𝑒 2𝑥

a. 1⁄2 ln(1 + 𝑒 2𝑥 ) + 𝐶 c. 1⁄2 (1 + 𝑒 2𝑥 )2 + 𝐶 e. None of the choices


2𝑥 𝑥
b. ln(1 + 𝑒 ) 𝐶 d. arctan(𝑒 ) + 𝐶
5. Me April 1998. If 𝑦 = 𝑥 3 − 3𝑥. Find the maximum value of 𝑦.
a. 0 c. 1 e. None of the choices
b. −1 d. 2
6. Two engineering students are solving a problem leading to a quadratic equation. One student made a mistake in the
coefficient of the first-degree term, got roots of 2 and −3. The other student made a mistake in the coefficient of the
constant term, got roots of −1 and 4. What is the correct equation?
a. 𝑥 2 − 6𝑥 − 3 = 0 c. 𝑥 2 + 3𝑥 + 6 = 0 e. None of the choices
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b. 𝑥 + 6𝑥 + 3 = 0 d. 𝑥 2 − 3𝑥 − 6 = 0
7. Find the equation of the perpendicular bisector of the line joining (5, 0) and (−7, 3).
a. 8𝑥 + 𝑦 − 11 = 0 c. 8𝑥 − 𝑦 + 11 = 0 e. None of the choices
b. 8𝑥 − 𝑦 − 11 = 0 d. 8𝑥 + 𝑦 + 11 = 0
8. Determine the equation of the circle whose center is at (4, 5) and tangent to the circle whose equation is 𝑥 2 + 𝑦 2 + 4𝑥 +
6𝑦 − 23 = 0.
a. 𝑥 2 + 𝑦 2 − 8𝑥 + 10𝑦 − 25 = 0 d. 𝑥 2 + 𝑦 2 − 8𝑥 − 10𝑦 − 25 = 0
b. 𝑥 2 + 𝑦 2 + 8𝑥 − 10𝑦 + 25 = 0 e. None of the choices
2 2
c. 𝑥 + 𝑦 − 8𝑥 − 10𝑦 + 25 = 0
9. Peter’s age 13 years ago was 1/3 of his age 7 years hence. How old is Peter?
a. 15 c. 25 e. None of the choices
b. 17 d. 27
4 𝑑𝑥
10. CE May 1999. Evaluate ∫ .
3𝑥+2
a. 4 ln(3𝑥 + 2) + 𝐶 c. 1⁄3 ln(3𝑥 + 2) + 𝐶 e. None of the choices
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b. ⁄3 ln(3𝑥 + 2) + 𝐶 d. 2 ln(3𝑥 + 2) + 𝐶
11. CE May 2005. A flagpole stands on top of a pedestal. From a point 𝑂 at the same elevation as the base of the pedestal, the
vertical angle of the top of the flagpole is 60° and the vertical angle of the bottom of the flagpole is 52°. Point 𝑂 is 14.8
meters away from the base of the pedestal. What is the distance from 𝑂 to the top of the flagpole?
a. 33.2𝑚 c. 15.4𝑚 e. None of the choices
b. 29.6𝑚 d. 22.8𝑚
12. If 𝑥, 4𝑥 + 8, 30𝑥 + 24 are in geometric progression, find the common ratio.
a. 2 c. 6 e. None of the choices
b. 4 d. 8
13. A swimming pool is rectangular in shape of length 12𝑚 and width 5.5𝑚. It has a sloping bottom along the length of the
pool. One end is 1𝑚 deep and 3.6𝑚 deep at the other end. The water from the full cylindrical reservoir 3.6𝑚 in diameter
and 10𝑚 deep is emptied to the pool. Find the depth of water at the deep end.
a. 2.912𝑚 c. 2.842𝑚 e. None of the choices
b. 2.695𝑚 d. 2.754𝑚
14. ECE April 1991. Simplify the following:
cos 𝐴 + cos 𝐵 sin 𝐴 + sin 𝐵
+
sin 𝐴 − sin 𝐵 cos 𝐴 − cos 𝐵
a. 0 c. 1 e. None of the choices
b. sin 𝐴 d. cos 𝐴
15. ME Oct 2003. A circle has a circumference that is numerically equal to its area. If a certain square has the same area as the
circle, what would be the length of the side?
a. 3√𝜋 c. 𝜋√2 e. None of the choices
b. 𝜋√3 d. 2√𝜋
16. Spherical balls 1.5𝑐𝑚 in diameter packed in a box measuring 6𝑐𝑚 by 3𝑐𝑚 by 3𝑐𝑚. If as many balls as possible are packed in
the box, how much free space remains in the box, in 𝑐𝑚3 ?
a. 28.41 c. 29.87 e. None of the choices
b. 20.47 d. 25.73
17. ME Oct 1999. An engineer was told that a survey had been made on a certain rectangular field but the dimensions had been
lost. An assistant remembered that if the field had been 100𝑓𝑡 longer and 25𝑓𝑡 narrower, the area would have been
increased by 2500𝑓𝑡 2 , and that if it had been 100𝑓𝑡 shorter and 50𝑓𝑡 wider, the area would have been decreased by
5000𝑓𝑡 2 . What is the area of the field in 𝑓𝑡 2 ?
a. 25000 c. 20000 e. None of the choices
b. 15000 d. 22000
18. CE May 2005. The fourth term of a geometric progression is 6 and the 10𝑡ℎ term is 384. What is the common ratio of the
G. P.?
a. 1.5 c. 2.5 e. None of the choices
b. 3 d. 2
3 𝑥 2 −1
19. The following equation involves two determinants: [ ]=[ ]. The value of x is;
2 2 𝑥 −3
a. 4 c. 2 e. None of the choices
b. 3 d. 1
20. CE May 1996. A mixture compound from equal parts of two liquids, one white and the other black, was placed in a
hemispherical bowl. The total depth of the two liquids is 6′′. After standing for a short time, the mixture separated the
white liquid settling below the black. If the thickness of the segment of the black is 2′′, find the radius of the bowl in inches.
a. 7.53 c. 7.73 e. None of the choices
b. 7.33 d. 7.93