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Old 2004-05-15, 10:43   #6
May 2004

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Originally Posted by tom11784
5) We can only be precise when completely filling or emptying a bucket (i.e. pouring 3 gallons from the 6 gallon bucket into the empty 3 gallon bucket)
I'm a little unclear about this point. I assume this suggests that when transferring water from one bucket to another or to the floor, you can only transfer either the entire contents of the initial bucket or the remaining space in the destination bucket, assuming either is possible. Is this true?

Bucket 1 has a capacity of 3 gallons and is initially empty.
Bucket 2 has a capacity of 5 gallons and is initially full of 50 degree water.
Bucket 3 has a capacity of 6 gallons and is initially full of 90 degree water.

Meaning that the following is not allowed:
Pour 1 gallon of water from Bucket 2 into Bucket 1.

If this true, I believe I have the answer. I'm going to try to work with it a little more to see if I've exhausted every permutation.
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