Seesaw

Question:

There are two people who want to balance on a seesaw. The first person weighs 125 pounds. The second person weighs 150 pounds. How do they have to arrange themselves so the seesaw is balanced horizontally? (See Figure 3.1.)

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Some interviewer like to see how the candidate thinks under stressful conditions, the environment that often describes life at a consultancy that assists clients with make-or-break strategic design programs.

What kind of response do interviewer looks for? “At a minimum, the candidate needs to communicate that the heavier person must sit closer to the pivot point than the lighter person. If the candidate gets up to draw the configuration on the whiteboard, I see evidence that the candidate conceptualizes in images,” he says. For a designer, that’s good.

Solution: The heavier person must sit closer to the fulcrum.

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