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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    07 Jul '07 15:19
    What is the minimum amount of water needed to float a battleship? Lets say with a displacement of 10,000 tons.
  2. 07 Jul '07 18:51
    None. You could float it in Cesium.
  3. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    08 Jul '07 10:35
    OK
    What is the minimum amount of water needed to float a battleship in water? Lets say with a displacement of 10,000 tons.
  4. 08 Jul '07 11:43
    this is going to be horrible, but I just can't resist:
    10,001 tonnes.
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    08 Jul '07 13:53
    Originally posted by doodinthemood
    this is going to be horrible, but I just can't resist:
    10,001 tonnes.
    Doesn't it depend on the size of the container? By this i mean, take a sea that is 100 miles in diameter, the amount of water would be massively greater that if the sea was 50 miles in diameter...
  6. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    08 Jul '07 14:50
    You're getting there ...

    I did not specify the size of the container (so it can be as small as you like). Just want to know the minimum amount of water required.
  7. 08 Jul '07 15:19
    a drop of water. If your thing is very VERY small and there's no way for that water to get out.
  8. Subscriber coquette
    Already mated
    08 Jul '07 15:31
    Originally posted by doodinthemood
    a drop of water. If your thing is very VERY small and there's no way for that water to get out.
    precisely correct. Calculate the area of 1 molecular layer of water and put the battleship into a container of the exact shape as the battleship that is 1 water molecule breadth larger. the exact dimensions aren't the point, the point is that it's the container that counts.
  9. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    08 Jul '07 16:05
    10/10 :-)

    The usually quoted answer is an egg-cup's worth but I suspect it could be less than that.

    Be cool to see it demonstrated!