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Assorted Mining Law Questions (section referenced)
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Quiz Name No. of Questions Passing Score
PA Mining Law I 20 100%
PA Mining Law II 20 100%
PA Mining Law III 20 100%
PA Mining Law IV 20 100%
PA Mining Law V 20 100%
PA Mining Law VI 20 100%
PA Mining Law VII 20 100%
PA Mining Law VIII 20 100%
PA Mining Law IX 14 100%
PA Mining Law X 20 100%
PA Mining Law XI 20 100%
PA Mining Law XII 20 100%
PA Mining Law XIII 20 100%
PA Mining Law XIV 20 100%
PA Mining Law XV 20 100%
PA Mining Law XVI 20 100%
PA Mining Law XVII 20 100%
PA Mining Law XVIII 20 100%
Ventilation and Math
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Anemometer Reading 5 100%
Various Math Problems 5 100%
Ventilation Math I 23 100%
Ventilation Math II 16 100%
More Mining Math Quiz 1 20 100%
More Mining Math Quiz 2 15 100%
See Ventilation and Mine Drainage Math Resources for downloadable PowerPoint Presentations and PDF files loaded with numerous math formulas and sample problems on these subjects and more.
Distance and Measure (section referenced)
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Quiz No. 1 18 100%
Quiz No. 2 17 100%
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Quizzes by Section of Law
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Quiz Name No. of Questions Passing Score
Sections 105-111 24 100%
Sections 112-121 15 100%
Sections 201-210 26 100%
Sections 211-216 (1) 17 100%
Sections 211-216 (2) 17 100%
Sections 217-229 (1) 18 100%
Sections 217-229 (2) 18 100%
Sections 217-229 (3) 17 100%
Sections 251-260 (1) 16 100%
Sections 251-260 (2) 16 100%
Sections 261-272 24 100%
Section 273 (1) 14 100%
Section 273 (2) 14 100%
Sections 274-284 25 100%
Sections 404-406 (1) 16 100%
Sections 404-406 (2) 16 100%
Sections 407-410 (1) 16 100%
Sections 407-410 (2) 15 100%
Sections 411-415 24 100%
Sections 416-420 15 100%
Sections 421-424 26 100%
Mining Methods
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Quiz No. 1 20 100%
Quiz No. 2 20 100%
Quiz No. 3 20 100%
Mine Gases
Reference Info: Gas Properties Specific Gravity
Questions & Answers Basic Principles
Note: Questions and answers in this group conform with changes to the mining law which were effective Jan. 3, 2009.
Quiz No. 1 20 100%
Quiz No. 2 20 100%
Quiz No. 3 20 100%
Quiz No. 4 20 100%
Quiz No. 5 20 100%
Quiz No. 6 20 100%
Quiz No. 7 25 100%
Quiz No. 8 25 100%
Quiz No. 9 20 100%
Quiz No. 10 20 100%


Ventilation and Mine Drainage Math Resources:
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MSHA Training Module 2202: Mine Gases
Part of the MSHA Mine Rescue Training Modules collection.  (222 slides)  [2.1 Mb]
MSHA Training Module 2203: Ventilation
Part of the MSHA Mine Rescue Training Modules collection.  (125 slides)  [1.0 Mb]
Basic Ventilation Math
Includes formulas and calculations necessary for mine ventilation.  (26 slides)  [117 Kb]
Advanced Ventilation Math and Problem Solving
Includes formulas and calculations necessary for mine ventilation.  (51 slides)  [217 Kb]
Mine Drainage Math
Formulas and calculations to determine the requirements of mine drainage.  (88 slides)  [703 Kb]
Mine Ventilation
Excellent presentation on the subject from the Virginia Dept. of Mines, Minerals and Energy.
(72 slides)  [990 Kb]
Traverse Anemometer Reading
Provides formula, calculation and demonstration of the proper way of traversing an airway with an anemometer.  (9 slides)  [1.0 Mb]  Download Video
Smoke Tube Air Reading
Provides formula, calculation and demonstration of the proper way of taking a smoke tube air reading.
(7 slides)  [682 Kb]  Download Video  Usage Defined  
What is a Magnehelic Guage?
Provides a simple definition, explanation of usage and math formula related to a magnehelic guage reading.
Mine Safety and Health AdministrationMSHA Inspectors' Math Test Preparation Guide
This guide is designed to help prepare you for the examination process.  Basic arithmetic questions include converting fractions to decimals, and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals.  Math reasoning questions include calculating the perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of various shapes.
Ventilation Training Program Worksheet
Ventilation worksheet with answers from the program conducted by The PA Bureau of Mine Safety.
Ventilation Training Program Master Worksheet
Master ventilation worksheet with answers from the program conducted by The PA Bureau of Mine Safety.
Blank Ventilation Map
Mine map used in ventilation training from the program conducted by The PA Bureau of Mine Safety.
NIOSHUnderground Coal Mine Map Reading Training
Links to the NIOSH site where this material can be downloaded.
This training includes three components for teaching and testing map reading skills.  The first, Map Reading Basics (MRB), covers terminology and concepts needed to read and understand an underground coal mine map.  An opportunity to practice using those skills while navigating through a simulated mine is provided in the second part, Mine Navigation Challenge (MNC).  These two parts can be used together or separately according to trainee needs.  Trainees can get additional practice by going on a scavenger hunt in the simulated mine.
Electrical Safety PowerPoint Presentations
Links to more that 40 PowerPoint Presentations on Electrical Safety from our Safety Training Materials Repository.
More Ventilation, Mining, and Mine Gas Resources

Useful Resources from MSHA on the Internet:

Mine Safety and Health Administration

Ventilation Training Mine Map linked above

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