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You Can Succeed on the FE: AM EXAM

By reviewing and studying this book, you can succeed on the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Morning Session. The entire FE Exam is an eight-hour, supplied-reference exam split into AM and PM sessions lasting four hours apiece; the morning session is common to all engineering disciplines, while the afternoon session is offered in five disciplines. Because the FE was formerly known as the EIT (Engineer-in-Training) Exam, many aspiring engineers know it today as the "FE/EIT."

The purpose of REA's The Best Test Preparation & Review Course for the FE: AM Exam is to prepare you sufficiently for the morning portion of the FE Exam. Our book does this by providing you with 12 review chapters-each of which includes sample problems-and three full-length practice tests. Our review chapters and practice tests have been crafted by experts on the FE to reflect the scope and difficulty level of the actual FE: AM Exam. In accordance with the move by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to all-metric AM exams, we have gone all-metric (with the necessary exception of a few problems). You'll find that our topical reviews are rich in examples that feature thorough, step-by-step solutions. REA's practice tests enable you to completely simulate the FE test-taking experience while providing the added value of detailed explanations for every answer. While availing yourself of either the reviews or the practice tests alone would surely be helpful, we strongly recommend using the two approaches in tandem.

About our Authors

In order to provide review material for you that properly captures all subjects and subtopics covered on the actual FE: AM Exam, every chapter in this book has been carefully prepared by text experts in various fields of engineering. Our authors and editorial review board have thoroughly examined and researched the mechanics of the FE: AM Exam to ensure that our book is accurate, calibrated to the correct difficulty level, and relevant to the FE-from start to finish. Our experts, most of whom are P.E.'s and Ph.D.'s, have been widely published and are highly regarded both within and outside academia, holding positions at leading U.S. colleges and universities and in private industry.

About the Test

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is one part in the four-step process toward becoming a professional engineer (P.E.). It is administered by NCEES and is offered twice a year, on Saturdays in April and October. Graduating from an approved four-year engineering program and passing the FE qualifies you for certification as an Engineer-in-Training or an Engineer Intern. The final two steps towards licensing as a P.E. involve completion of four years of additional engineering experience and passing the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Examination, which NCEES also administers. Registration as a professional engineer is deemed both highly rewarding and beneficial in the engineering community.

To register for the FE, contact your state's Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. To find the licensing board in your state and to get information on the exams, contact NCEES:

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

P.O. Box 1686

Clemson, SC 29633-1686

Phone: (800) 250-3196

Website: http://www.ncees.org

Test Format

The FE features two distinct sections. One section, the FE: AM, is given in the morning while the other, the FE: PM, is administered in the afternoon. This book will prepare you for the FE: AM Exam.

The FE: AM is a supplied-reference exam, so candidates are not permitted to bring reference material into the test center. Instead, you will be mailed a reference guide when you register for the exam. You can also view, at no charge, the entire up-to-date FE Supplied-Reference Handbook at the NCEES Website. (Each FE Exam will be administered using the latest edition of the handbook. You can count on your FE handbook review being considerably enhanced by study of our subject reviews and completion of our model tests.) You can also be assured that the NCEES guide will provide all the charts, graphs, tables, and formulae you will need. The same book will be given to you when you sit for the test.

You will have four hours to complete the AM portion of the exam. It consists of 120 questions spanning 12 engineering subjects:

Subject Approximate No. of Problems

Mathematics 18

Probability and Statistics 8

Chemistry 11

Computers 8

Ethics and Business Practices 8

Engineering Economics 10

Statics and Dynamics (Engineering Mechanics) 12

Strength of Materials 8

Material Properties 8

Fluid Mechanics 8

Electricity and Magnetism 11

Thermodynamics 8

While thoroughly detailed, our topical reviews lay out the facts for you clearly and cogently. Each chapter begins with a short introduction and then progresses to the specifics of the topics. Each topic is completely explained, using example problems, diagrams, charts, and formulae.

You may wish to take some of the practice exams at various stages in your studying to gauge your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you determine which topics you need to study more. Take one practice test when you finish studying so that you can see how much you have improved. For studying suggestions that will help you to make the best use of your time, see the Study Schedule presented on page xii.

Test Sections

For studying purposes, the FE: AM can be broken down further into engineering topics. Your registration booklet will explain the breakdown and list the subtopics included under each major heading.

Overall, there will be 12 different topics on the FE: AM Exam. The following is a summary of the topics that may be included on the exam, along with the types of related questions.

Mathematics

Analytic geometry

Integral calculus

Matrix operations

Roots of equations

Vector analysis

Differential equations

Differential calculus

Probability and Statistics

Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (mean, mode)

Probability distributions

Conditional probabilities

Estimation for a single mean

Regression and curve fitting

Expected value in decision-making

Hypothesis testing

Chemistry

Nomenclature

Oxidation and reduction

Periodic table

States of matter

Acids and bases

Equations

Equilibrium

Metals and nonmetals

Computers

Terminology (types of memory, baud rates, Internet)

Spreadsheets

Structured programming

Ethics and Business Practices

Code of ethics

Agreement and contracts

Ethical versus legal

Professional liability

Public protection issues

Engineering Economics

Discounted cash flow

Cost (incremental, average, estimating)

Analyses

Uncertainty (expected value and risk)

Statics and Dynamics

Area moments of inertia

Frames and trusses

Centroid of area

Equilibrium of rigid bodies

Resultants of force systems

Concurrent force systems

Linear motion (force, mass, acceleration, momentum)

Angular motion (torque, inertia, acceleration, momentum)

Mass moments of inertia

Friction

Strength of Materials

Shear and moment diagrams

Stress types

Stress strain

Deformations

Combined stresses

Columns

Indeterminant analysis

Plastic versus elastic deformation

Material Properties

Properties (chemical, electrical, mechanical, physical)

Corrosion mechanisms and control

Materials (engineered, ferrous, nonferrous)

Fluid Mechanics

Energy, impulse, and momentum equations

Fluid statics

Fluid properties

Flow measurement

Pipe and other internal flow

Electricity and Magnetism

Charge, energy, current, voltage, power

Force between charges

Current and voltage laws

AC circuits

Capacitance and inductance

Equivalent circuits (series, parallel)

Reactance and impedance, susceptance and admittance

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamic laws

Cycles

Gas mixtures

Phase changes

Heat transfer

Energy, heat, and work

Availability and reversibility

Ideal gases

Properties of enthalpy and enthropy

Scoring the Exam

Your FE: AM score is based upon the number of correct answers you choose. Each of the 120 questions is worth 1 point, and no points are subtracted for incorrect answers. A single score between 0 and 100 is given for the entire test (both AM and PM sections), and both sections are weighted equally. The grade given is on a pass/fail basis. The breakpoint between passing and failing varies from state to state, although 70 is a general reference point for passing. Thus, the general reference point for passing the FE: AM section alone would be 35.

The pass/fail margin is not a percentage of correct answers or a percentage of students who scored lower than you. This number fluctuates from year to year and is reestablished with every test administration. It is based on previous exam administrations and relates your score to those of previous FE examinees.

By reviewing and studying this book, you can succeed on the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination Morning Session. The entire FE Exam is an eight-hour, supplied-reference exam split into AM and PM sessions lasting four hours apiece; the morning session is common to all engineering disciplines, while the afternoon session is offered in five disciplines. Because the FE was formerly known as the EIT (Engineer-in-Training) Exam, many aspiring engineers know it today as the "FE/EIT."

The purpose of REA's The Best Test Preparation & Review Course for the FE: AM Exam is to prepare you sufficiently for the morning portion of the FE Exam. Our book does this by providing you with 12 review chapters-each of which includes sample problems-and three full-length practice tests. Our review chapters and practice tests have been crafted by experts on the FE to reflect the scope and difficulty level of the actual FE: AM Exam. In accordance with the move by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) to all-metric AM exams, we have gone all-metric (with the necessary exception of a few problems). You'll find that our topical reviews are rich in examples that feature thorough, step-by-step solutions. REA's practice tests enable you to completely simulate the FE test-taking experience while providing the added value of detailed explanations for every answer. While availing yourself of either the reviews or the practice tests alone would surely be helpful, we strongly recommend using the two approaches in tandem.

About our Authors

In order to provide review material for you that properly captures all subjects and subtopics covered on the actual FE: AM Exam, every chapter in this book has been carefully prepared by text experts in various fields of engineering. Our authors and editorial review board have thoroughly examined and researched the mechanics of the FE: AM Exam to ensure that our book is accurate, calibrated to the correct difficulty level, and relevant to the FE-from start to finish. Our experts, most of whom are P.E.'s and Ph.D.'s, have been widely published and are highly regarded both within and outside academia, holding positions at leading U.S. colleges and universities and in private industry.

About the Test

The Fundamentals of Engineering Exam is one part in the four-step process toward becoming a professional engineer (P.E.). It is administered by NCEES and is offered twice a year, on Saturdays in April and October. Graduating from an approved four-year engineering program and passing the FE qualifies you for certification as an Engineer-in-Training or an Engineer Intern. The final two steps towards licensing as a P.E. involve completion of four years of additional engineering experience and passing the Principles and Practices of Engineering (PE) Examination, which NCEES also administers. Registration as a professional engineer is deemed both highly rewarding and beneficial in the engineering community.

To register for the FE, contact your state's Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. To find the licensing board in your state and to get information on the exams, contact NCEES:

National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying

P.O. Box 1686

Clemson, SC 29633-1686

Phone: (800) 250-3196

Website: http://www.ncees.org

Test Format

The FE features two distinct sections. One section, the FE: AM, is given in the morning while the other, the FE: PM, is administered in the afternoon. This book will prepare you for the FE: AM Exam.

The FE: AM is a supplied-reference exam, so candidates are not permitted to bring reference material into the test center. Instead, you will be mailed a reference guide when you register for the exam. You can also view, at no charge, the entire up-to-date FE Supplied-Reference Handbook at the NCEES Website. (Each FE Exam will be administered using the latest edition of the handbook. You can count on your FE handbook review being considerably enhanced by study of our subject reviews and completion of our model tests.) You can also be assured that the NCEES guide will provide all the charts, graphs, tables, and formulae you will need. The same book will be given to you when you sit for the test.

You will have four hours to complete the AM portion of the exam. It consists of 120 questions spanning 12 engineering subjects:

Subject Approximate No. of Problems

Mathematics 18

Probability and Statistics 8

Chemistry 11

Computers 8

Ethics and Business Practices 8

Engineering Economics 10

Statics and Dynamics (Engineering Mechanics) 12

Strength of Materials 8

Material Properties 8

Fluid Mechanics 8

Electricity and Magnetism 11

Thermodynamics 8

While thoroughly detailed, our topical reviews lay out the facts for you clearly and cogently. Each chapter begins with a short introduction and then progresses to the specifics of the topics. Each topic is completely explained, using example problems, diagrams, charts, and formulae.

You may wish to take some of the practice exams at various stages in your studying to gauge your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you determine which topics you need to study more. Take one practice test when you finish studying so that you can see how much you have improved. For studying suggestions that will help you to make the best use of your time, see the Study Schedule presented on page xii.

Test Sections

For studying purposes, the FE: AM can be broken down further into engineering topics. Your registration booklet will explain the breakdown and list the subtopics included under each major heading.

Overall, there will be 12 different topics on the FE: AM Exam. The following is a summary of the topics that may be included on the exam, along with the types of related questions.

Mathematics

Analytic geometry

Integral calculus

Matrix operations

Roots of equations

Vector analysis

Differential equations

Differential calculus

Probability and Statistics

Measures of central tendencies and dispersions (mean, mode)

Probability distributions

Conditional probabilities

Estimation for a single mean

Regression and curve fitting

Expected value in decision-making

Hypothesis testing

Chemistry

Nomenclature

Oxidation and reduction

Periodic table

States of matter

Acids and bases

Equations

Equilibrium

Metals and nonmetals

Computers

Terminology (types of memory, baud rates, Internet)

Spreadsheets

Structured programming

Ethics and Business Practices

Code of ethics

Agreement and contracts

Ethical versus legal

Professional liability

Public protection issues

Engineering Economics

Discounted cash flow

Cost (incremental, average, estimating)

Analyses

Uncertainty (expected value and risk)

Statics and Dynamics

Area moments of inertia

Frames and trusses

Centroid of area

Equilibrium of rigid bodies

Resultants of force systems

Concurrent force systems

Linear motion (force, mass, acceleration, momentum)

Angular motion (torque, inertia, acceleration, momentum)

Mass moments of inertia

Friction

Strength of Materials

Shear and moment diagrams

Stress types

Stress strain

Deformations

Combined stresses

Columns

Indeterminant analysis

Plastic versus elastic deformation

Material Properties

Properties (chemical, electrical, mechanical, physical)

Corrosion mechanisms and control

Materials (engineered, ferrous, nonferrous)

Fluid Mechanics

Energy, impulse, and momentum equations

Fluid statics

Fluid properties

Flow measurement

Pipe and other internal flow

Electricity and Magnetism

Charge, energy, current, voltage, power

Force between charges

Current and voltage laws

AC circuits

Capacitance and inductance

Equivalent circuits (series, parallel)

Reactance and impedance, susceptance and admittance

Thermodynamics

Thermodynamic laws

Cycles

Gas mixtures

Phase changes

Heat transfer

Energy, heat, and work

Availability and reversibility

Ideal gases

Properties of enthalpy and enthropy

Scoring the Exam

Your FE: AM score is based upon the number of correct answers you choose. Each of the 120 questions is worth 1 point, and no points are subtracted for incorrect answers. A single score between 0 and 100 is given for the entire test (both AM and PM sections), and both sections are weighted equally. The grade given is on a pass/fail basis. The breakpoint between passing and failing varies from state to state, although 70 is a general reference point for passing. Thus, the general reference point for passing the FE: AM section alone would be 35.

The pass/fail margin is not a percentage of correct answers or a percentage of students who scored lower than you. This number fluctuates from year to year and is reestablished with every test administration. It is based on previous exam administrations and relates your score to those of previous FE examinees.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:

Engineering -- United States -- Examinations -- Study guides.

Engineering -- Problems, exercises, etc.

Engineers -- Certification -- United States.