Jack & Jill Mind Teaser
Date: 8/29/95 at 21:30:15 Date: Tue, 29 Aug 1995 18:31:17 -0700 (PDT) From: Jeanne Staley Subject: ?math story problem Dr. Math, If Jack has a 5 gal. bucket and Jill has 3 gal. bucket, and they each carried an equal amount to fill an 8 gal. bucket. How was this accomplished? Jeanne Staley Librarian West Valley Junior High School Yakima, WA
Date: 8/30/95 at 11:43:22 From: Doctor Ethan Subject: Re: ?math story problem Hello, Well it seems that this is more on the order of a mind teaser than a math problem. If there is a better answer that we should be looking for we will try, but for now here is what we have. 1.(This is my favorite. It's not my idea) They could each carry four gallon blocks of ice. 2. They could take two trips each of two gallons. 3. They could get a five foot pole. Place the five gallon bucket full of water one foot in from one end and the the three gallon bucket at the other end. Then if they both carry from an end they will carry the same amount. I suppose there are more but these are the ones we thought of so far. -Doctor Ethan, The Geometry Forum
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