# A riddle

• mia5

#### mia5

You have got two buckets of capacity 3 litres and 5 litres each and a tap. How will you exactly measure out 4 litres of water with the help of two buckets and the tap.

## Answers and Replies

You fill up 5 liter one from the tap. Then fill up 3 liter one from 5 liter one. Then empty the 3 liter one. Then split what's left in 5 liter in two buckets. Then fill up the 3 liter one again and pour it into the 5 liter one.

1) fill the 5 liter and pour into the 3 liter until full leaving 2 liter in the 5 liter bucket.

2) empty the 3 lt bucket and pour the remaining 2 lt from the 5 lt bucket into the 3lt.

So the 3 liter bucket now has 2 liters in it.

3) Lastly fill the 5 liter completely and then pour it into the 3liter bucket until the 3 liter bucket is full.

Since the 3 liter bucket had 2 liters in it then you've out 1 liter so that what remains in the 5 liter bucket is 4 liters.

davenn
I'd calculate the height of 4 litres in the confines of the 5 litre bucket, then draw a line at that point and fill to there using the 3 litre bucket as a source.

I'd calculate the height of 4 litres in the confines of the 5 litre bucket, then draw a line at that point and fill to there using the 3 litre bucket as a source.

so we have the OP solution: ask someone on PF

and the caveat emptor solution: kholdstare's split the difference

and the greek solution (compass and straight edge only): mine

and the high-tech engineering solution: Danger's

we still need a management solution and a CEO solution to complete the picture.

Of course VP Biden could step in at anytime with a shotgun solution but we won't consider that option for now :-)

so we have the OP solution: ask someone on PF

and the caveat emptor solution: kholdstare's split the difference

and the greek solution (compass and straight edge only): mine

and the high-tech engineering solution: Danger's

we still need a management solution and a CEO solution to complete the picture.

Of course VP Biden could step in at anytime with a shotgun solution but we won't consider that option for now :-)

Management solution: Set up an interdepartmental cross-disciplinary committee with broad terms of reference to study the problem. Outsourcing is an acceptable option, preferably to a third world country where buckets, natural water sources and cheap labour are already plentiful, obviating the need for a budget to procure these.

CEO solution: CEO admits to not being able to solve the problem, and not even having foreseen that such a problem might exist. Therefore, regretfully, the CEO immediately resigns, accepting the previously agreed-upon golden parachute to the tune of \$50 million USD and another plum CEO job offer in a rival company.

I will mention two caveats to my answer.
1) It was partially a management response because there is no need for the 3-litre bucket, but since it's there it must be used.
2) It was purely theoretical because I have absolutely no idea of how to do the math.

The Apple solution is to insist the 3 liter bucket is good enough and if you aren't getting 4 liters of water from it it's because you're holding it wrong

The Apple solution is to insist the 3 liter bucket is good enough and if you aren't getting 4 liters of water from it it's because you're holding it wrong

They also insist that you fill it only with AppleTM water otherwise all warranty coverage on the bucket is void.

if you aren't getting 4 liters of water from it

But that won't happen.

They also insist that you fill it only with AppleTM water otherwise all warranty coverage on the bucket is void.

Using a special hose attachment that splits the stream and shapes it into two hexagons because, for whatever reason, a standard "circular" stream isn't as efficient.

Using a special hose attachment that splits the stream and shapes it into two hexagons because, for whatever reason, a standard "circular" stream isn't as efficient.

Do I see a patent for a spin-off from condom technology in your future? Maybe a urinal-based game of some sort?

You have got two buckets of capacity 3 litres and 5 litres each and a tap. How will you exactly measure out 4 litres of water with the help of two buckets and the tap.

This may prove to be useful in visualising your answer.

This may prove to be useful in visualising your answer.

I thought of this movie too - I remember this scene very well (along with the Saint Ives riddle).

There are multiple solutions, of course. I think I found 3.

Do I see a patent for a spin-off from condom technology in your future? Maybe a urinal-based game of some sort?

pffft... no! Whatever could have made you think that? :uhh:

Whatever could have made you think that? :uhh:
Nothing in particular. My mind wanders sometimes...

Also, one solution.

Fill the five liter bucket completely

Pour out three liters (where else?)

Fill the 5 liter bucket to twice the level of the remaining water (assuming it's perfectly cylindrical).

That's pretty clever, Mr. Trackman, but... have you ever seen a cylindrical bucket?
My uncle owned a bucket store... I had to make buckets every day after school... we made wood buckets and steel buckets and I even made one out of a dead badger once... and I got to tell you that not a single one of 'em was cylindrical.

That's pretty clever, Mr. Trackman, but... have you ever seen a cylindrical bucket?
My uncle owned a bucket store... I had to make buckets every day after school... we made wood buckets and steel buckets and I even made one out of a dead badger once... and I got to tell you that not a single one of 'em was cylindrical.

The internal (or external, for that matter) shape of the bucket was never specified, though!

Oh, sure... get technical about it...

fill up the 3 liter bucket, pour it into the 5 liter bucket, then fill up the 3 liter bucket again and pour it into the 5 liter until the 5 liter bucket is full. Empty the 5 liter bucket pour the remaining 1 liter from the 3 liter bucket and then fill the 3 liter bucket and fill the 5 liter bucket, the water in the 4 liter bucket is exactly 4 liters.