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The Three Jugs Problem

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Author:Cut the Knot!, Alexander Bogomolny
Description: Two friends who have an eight-quart jug of water wish to share it evenly. They also have two empty jars, one holding five quarts, the other three. How can they each measure exactly 4 quarts of water? ... The description of the 3 Jugs problem as a triple of quantities (x,y,z) fits nicely with trilinear coordinates.... An interactive column for MAA Online that uses a Java applet to simulate a puzzle or mathematical problem, one not stated directly since the applet is intended to be such that the right answer to an as yet unstated problem should be easy to surmise.

Levels: High School (9-12), College
Languages: English
Resource Types: Problems/Puzzles, Articles, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Triangles and Other Polygons

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