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Jill has 4 pints of water in a 4-pint bucket. Jack has an empty 1-pint bucket and an empty 3-pint bucket. None of the buckets has measurement markings. How can they divide the water so each has exactly 2 pints?

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asked by Roni
  1. You can't. The 1 pint bucket will not hold 2 pints.
    Also, there are 3 buckets. 3x2=6.

    The question is horribly flawed.

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  2. From the 4L can, fill the 1L can
    Condidtion:
    4L can : has 3 L
    1L can is full
    3L can is emptyl

    pour the remaining 3L from the 4L can into the empty 3 L can
    Condition:
    4L can is empty
    1L can is full
    3L can is full

    Pour the 1L can back into the now empty 4L can, and fill the 1L from the 3L can
    Conditon:
    4L can holds 1 L
    1L can has 1 L
    3L can has 2 L

    pour the 1L can into the 4L can

    Final condition
    4L can has 2 L
    1L can is empty
    3L can has 2 L

    so Jill has 2 L in her 4L can, and Jack has 2 L in his 3L can.

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    posted by Reiny
  3. But then the 1 liter bucket has 0 liters of water.

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  4. I interpreted the "they" in "How can they divide the water so each has exactly 2 pints?" as referring to Jack and Jill.
    Jack and Jill were the subjects in the first two sentences.

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    posted by Reiny
  5. Badly written question, then, right? The word "each" needs to be clarified.

  6. I agree.

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