So, Brian had his little brainteaser last week and we got a bunch of comments and it got me thinking. Why don’t we give away some prizes for people who participate in the brainteasers? Coincidentally, I happen to have a brand new CG15 ‘First Run’ wedge sitting at my desk. The first 250 CG15s we ever made were marked with a first run logo and I have one to give away. Here is how we are going to work the contest. Every week, Brian is going to post a brainteaser. Every person who posts a solution (whether right or wrong & no spam) will be entered to win the wedge. At the end of Brian’s 5-6 blog series, we will announce the winner. The first person to post the correct answer each week will also win a Cleveland Golf Tour Hat. Get your comments in and hopefully, you will be our winner. On to Brian’s blog…
Our new hire, Tom, is in the building ready to design, analyze, and test golf clubs…almost. The first part of his training, however, is to spend a week down on our production floor in our assembly, polishing, quality control, shipping, and repair departments. This will introduce him to the many steps it takes to create golf clubs, as well as show him all the hard work put in by his new coworkers. Here are Tom’s thoughts after a week downstairs:
After spending a week downstairs working in the aforementioned departments, a few things really struck me. First off, although everyone I spoke with on the manufacturing floor referred to their current workload as “light” I still felt that large quantities of equipment were passing through the departments on a daily basis. I wonder what it looks like while “busy”. This experience was also a good introduction into all of the terminology and lingo that is used in the golf industry and how to measure and analyze this information. Finally, being an engineer, I realized that the work put in by my coworkers in R&D and all of the subtle changes that are made to a design drastically affect the day-to-day work of numerous individuals and countless equipment.
All told, the experience was beneficial. I learned a lot of valuable skills and met a variety of good people. Now off to R&D, Here’s Brian:
If you remember (or read the last blog), I left you with a logic problem I asked Tom during his interview (I will leave you with one each week). Below is this week’s logic problem, along with the solution to the one I gave last week.
Coin Company: You have 7 coin machines all making identical, 10 gram coins. One day, one of them breaks and starts making 9 gram coins. You have to figure out which one is broken by weighing some amount of coins, but you can only take one weight measurement. What coins do you weigh and why?
The Pond: You’re in a boat in a small pond. You drop the anchor from inside the boat to the bottom of the pond. Does the water level in the pond rise, lower, or stay the same?
Answer: The water level lowers. This is because when the anchor is in the boat, the anchor is displacing (pushing up) water equal to its weight. When the anchor is sitting on the pond floor, it displaces water equal to its volume. The anchor is denser than water, so the water displaced by the anchor’s weight is more than that displaced by its volume. Since it’s displacing less water when sitting on the pond floor, the water level will be lower. (John says: Feel free to google Archimedes principle and ‘eureka’ to read the probably false story of how Archimedes discovered this principle and more detail on how to apply it.)