**13 September 1996**

*The last two years at school felt really long. But now it's finally over. After so many years of studying, I've made up my mind: I've had enough of books! It's time for me to earn some money and become financially independent. Mum and dad aren't happy with my decision at all! They insist that I sign up for university, but I'm tired of being a financial burden. I need to stand on my own two feet from now on. They asked me to think it over, but I've decided to follow my intuition and already applied for a job as a mechanic. And my first interview went really well! They seem to like me and they've now sent me a mechanical comprehension test to see if I'm suited for the job. I could ask dad for help, but I won't. It was my choice to pursue this path, so I'll handle the difficulties it brings on my own as well.*

**Mechanical comprehension test:**

**Q1: Which wire is carrying the most weight?**

- A
- B
- No difference
- Depends on the time of day

**Q2: Which object will not float on water? **

- Empty plastic bottle
- Wooden pencil
- Banana
- Scissors

**Q3: Which way will the boat go through the water?**

- A
- B
- It will continue moving unchanged
- It will slow down but without changing direction

**Q4: At which position will the moving pendulum travel the fastest? **

- A
- B
- C
- No difference

**Q5: Where is the temperature change highest throughout the day?**

- A
- B
- Where both meet
- No difference

**Q6: If cog A turns clockwise by 20 rotations, how will cog B turn? **

- 20 rotations anticlockwise
- 20 rotations clockwise
- 10 rotations anticlockwise
- 10 rotations clockwise

**Q7: To balance the bar, how much weight should be positioned on the left side?**

- 25 kg
- 10 kg
- 5 kg
- 2.5 kg

**Q8: If block B is moved to the right by 20 cm, by how many centimetres will block A move upwards? **

- 5 cm
- 10 cm
- 20÷3 cm
- 20 cm

**Q9: A block slides down an inclined plane with an acceleration of A. If the mass of the block is doubled, how will this affect its acceleration? **

- Acceleration will still be A
- 2 x A
- 0.5 x A
- A²

**Q10: If the right plunger is moved down by 5 cm, how much will the left plunger move up? **

- Exactly 5 cm
- Less than 5 cm
- More than 5 cm
- It won't move

**Task: Solve the math exercise.**

- 1 point for each correct answer