Are You Smarter Than an Engineering Student? New Trivia Series!

Are you smarter than an engineering student? Have you gotten rusty or are you still at the head of the class? We’re challenging you to dust off that old textbook knowledge and challenge your co-workers to some good ole’ engineering trivia with our new series “Are You Smarter Than an Engineering Student.” Here is the first trivia question and video response to our new bi-weekly series!

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As an engineer, you know that gears can be used in unlimited types of mechanical devices. A gear’s main function is to generate speed or power to its designated machine or to send the power of a machine off into another direction. When meshing two gears together, the second gear will always turn in the opposite direction. So if the first gear turns clockwise, the second gear must turn counterclockwise and vice versa.

Looking at the following picture, when the monkey rotates the gear counterclockwise, which mark will be hit? 1 or 2?

Monkey Robot

Think you know the answer? Check out our YouTube video to discover if you are truly smarter than an engineering student or if it’s time to go back to school!

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  1. Greg Tower

    October 24, 2014 at 10:36 am

    The Monkey should never put his fingers in the gears; They might get pinched!
    Safety First!


    • misumiusa

      October 24, 2014 at 10:42 am

      LOL! Greg you have a point. I will inform the Monkey and his staff. #safetyfirst


  2. Tim

    October 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

    First we need to know the direction in which the monkey rotates the gear…


    • misumiusa

      October 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

      He rotates the gears “counterclockwise” Tim. Great catch!


    • CURIE_US

      October 24, 2014 at 1:55 pm

      The opening sentence tells us that the monkey rotates the prime gear in the COUNTERCLOCKWISE direction. What else do we need to know?


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