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Old 2005-09-08, 18:35   #17
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Originally Posted by THILLIAR
All of the calculations you have given assume that all of the balls are touching; in the real world they do not stack in a given space, they fill it.
That all depends on the shape and rigidity of the balls. Most of this discussion has been based on the assumption that the balls are rigid spheres.
I assure you that it is impossible to fill all of the voids in a box with spheres of a uniform size.

I see nothing in the description of the problem to support your assertion that the "balls" would deform to fill a compact volume which is equal to the sum of their original volumes.

Please describe exactly what "facts" form the basis for your assertion.
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