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Test your knowledge of subjects today’s Ohio State undergrads study with this “exam” composed of real past questions — straight from the faculty members who posed them.

Can you match academic wits with Ohio State undergraduates, who just a few weeks ago finished their final exams for spring semester? These (strictly retired) questions are taken from exams in classes for first- and second-year undergraduates. If you remember those years and those classes as “easy,” we’ve got a few brain teasers that might change your mind. Pencils up. Your exam begins now.

Accounting 2200: Introduction to Accounting

Shared by Senior Lecturer Marc Smith ’97 MAcc

A law firm received $2,000 cash for legal services to be rendered in the future. The full amount was credited to the account unearned service revenue. If the legal services have been rendered at the end of the accounting period and no adjusting entry is made, this would cause:

A. expenses to be overstated
B. net income to be overstated
C. liabilities to be overstated
D. revenues to be understated
E. more than one of the above

E. more than one of the above


The adjustment that should have been made at the end of the accounting period is:

Unearned service revenue = $2,000

Service revenue = $2,000

By failing to record the above adjusting entry, the liabilities were not reduced as they should have been. Thus, the liabilities are overstated. Additionally, by failing to record the earned service revenue, the revenues are understated which makes the net income understated and in turn that understates equity (specifically retained earnings).

Thus, the overall effects of the failure to record the adjusting entry on the financial statements are:

Revenues: Understated

Expenses: No effect

Net income: Understated

Assets: No effect

Liabilities: Overstated

Equity: Understated

So, both choice (C.) and choice (D.) are correct. Therefore, the correct answer to this question is choice (E.).

Social Work 1140: Minority Perspectives: Race, Ethnicity and Gender

Shared by Jennie Babcock, undergraduate program director, College of Social Work

Rights that were limited for women during the 19th century included:

A. Voting
B. Retaining guardianship of their children if their husband died or deserted them
C. Spending their own wages without permission of their husband
D. All of the above

D. All of the above

Meat Science 3110: Introduction to Meat Science

Shared by Assistant Professor Lyda Garcia

While at the grocery store, your 16-year-old niece or nephew is randomly picking up meat products at the self-serve meat case. They notice different stamps on meat packages. Identify and explain what the stamps below mean.

Stamp displaying outline of Ohio with text of inspected and passed by Department of Agriculture, Establishment 141
Stamp of 38 U.S. INSP’D&P’S’D
Stamp of Radura
Stamp displaying outline of Ohio with text of inspected and passed by Department of Agriculture, Establishment 141

The logo in the shape of Ohio indicates the meat product underwent state inspection. “Est.” is an abbreviation of “establishment,” and the number 141 is the number to the establishment. This is used for tracing purposes. This product can enter only intrastate commerce.

Stamp of 38 U.S. INSP’D&P’S’D

The logo in the middle says the product was inspected under federal inspection and the product may have come from a different state (interstate commerce). The number 38 is the number of the establishment it came from. Again, used for tracing purposes if needed.

Stamp of Radura

This logo is called a “radura.” This indicates the product was irradiated.

Religious Studies 5871: The Japanese Religious Tradition

Shared by Assistant Professor Melissa Anne-Marie Curley

Hitogata are small paper dolls, representing people, that are used in Shinto ritual. Which of the following should you not do with a sacred hitogata?

A. breathe on it
B. keep it in a safe place
C. rub it on your body
D. set it on fire
E. write on it

B. keep it in a safe place

Nursing 2470: Introductory Pharmacology for Nurses

Shared by Instructor of Clinical Practice Lauren Porembski ’09, ’14

A client is receiving a continuous infusion of heparin and was started on warfarin 5mg the night before. Which statement is most correct?

A. The client is receiving a double dose of anticoagulants.
B. The heparin and warfarin work together to provide better anticoagulation.
C. The heparin therapy was ineffective so the warfarin was started.
D. The heparin provides anticoagulation until the therapeutic levels of warfarin are reached.

D. The heparin provides anticoagulation until the therapeutic levels of warfarin are reached.

Engineering 1221: Introduction to Computer Programming in MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists

Shared by Senior Lecturer James Toney

An artillery gunner is on top of a 50.0-meter hill. 10.0 kilometers away from the base of the hill, a tank is advancing toward the gunner at a speed of 15.0 meters per second. The artillery piece launches projectiles at velocity of 590 meters per second. At what angle above the horizontal should the gunner fire to hit the tank?

Step 1: Write an equation for the height of the projectile as a function of time.

Taking the base of the hill as the origin, the projectile’s height as a function of time is…

Step 2: Write an equation for the horizontal position of the projectile as a function of time.
Step 3: Write an equation for the horizontal position of the tank as a function of time.

Since the tank starts at x0 = 10000 m and is moving in the −x direction, its position as a function of time is…

Step 4: Write the equations that must be satisfied for the projectile to hit the tank.

[Hint: the x and y coordinates of the projectile of the tank both have to match at the same time.]

For a hit to occur, the x and y coordinates of the two objects must coincide. That means y(t) = 0 and x(t) = xtank (t)

Step 5: Combine the equations to give a single equation in one unknown, θ.

Solve the second equation in Step 4 for t and substitute into the first equation:

[This equation has a simple interpretation: the elapsed time is the total horizontal distance covered by the two objects, divided by their relative speed.]

Then:

This is a single equation in one variable, θ.

Step 6: Solve for the angle.

[Hint: the angle is small, so sin θ is approximately equal to θ, and cos θ is approximately equal to 1.]

Applying the small angle approximation,

So…

To get a better approximation, substitute this first approximation into the last equation in Step 5 and solve for θ again.

So…

The iterative process can be repeated to get even better accuracy, but this second approximation is already within 0.01° of the final answer.

Chemistry 2520 Organic Chemistry II

Shared by: Associate Professor David Nagib

Below are four dyes (with colors indicated). Please label the aromaticity of each molecule (e.g. aromatic, anti-aromatic or non-aromatic).

Illustration of chemical compound of scarlet dye. Molecule contains a benzene with an -OH (IO!), -NH2, and -Me substituent

Scarlet

Illustration of chemical compound of gray dye. Molecule contains a benzene with two -NH2 substituents and an ethylene glycol (anti-freeze)

Gray

Illustration of chemical compound of sugar in maize (corn). This molecule (glucose) contains a six-membered ether ring and five alcohols

Maize

Illustration of chemical compound of blue dye. Molecule contains a three-membered ring with a ketone and endocyclic double bond

Blue

Illustration of chemical compound of scarlet dye. Molecule contains a benzene with an -OH (IO!), -NH2, and -Me substituent

Aromatic

Illustration of chemical compound of gray dye. Molecule contains a benzene with two -NH2 substituents and an ethylene glycol (anti-freeze)

Aromatic

Illustration of chemical compound of sugar in maize (corn). This molecule (glucose) contains a six-membered ether ring and five alcohols

Non-aromatic

Illustration of chemical compound of blue dye. Molecule contains a three-membered ring with a ketone and endocyclic double bond

Aromatic

Kinesiology 2210: History of Sport in 19th Century America

Shared by Senior Lecturer Marc Horger

During the second half of the 19th century, many Americans turned to participation in sport, strenuous exercise and other forms of physical culture in part out of the belief that recent economic, social and cultural changes had impacted American health and physicality negatively. Write an essay explaining what sorts of Americans were most likely to feel this way and what kinds of compensatory physicality they engaged in as a result.

A number of effective approaches to this question are possible, but the best answers usually discuss some combination of the following themes:

  • The rise of the industrialized city and the corresponding development of a mass-production, mass-distribution economy increasingly reliant on technological advance, labor migration, the factory system, and commercialized entertainment
  • The idea common among many Americans that these developments, while economically beneficial, were also potentially destabilizing and dangerous to older ideas of American culture, especially for youth
  • The idea that competitive sport and/or other forms of compensatory physicality, such as exercise and physical education in schools, could function as antidotes

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Kristen Schmidt

Kristen Schmidt is an editor, consultant and founder of Wordschmidt Consulting LLC. She was previously associate editor of Ohio State Alumni Magazine and editor of Columbus Monthly and Columbus Alive. She is pursuing a certificate in diversity, equity and inclusion at Ohio State. She lives in Worthington with her husband, an Ohio State professor, and their daughter.