# Easy Brainteaser

wittywonka
Posers and Puzzles 16 Mar '07 23:31
1. wittywonka
Chocolate Expert
16 Mar '07 23:31
Using only a jug that can hold 5 gallons of water and another jug that can hold 3 gallons of water, how can you come up with EXACTLY 4 gallons of water?

Note: This problem comes from the movie Die Hard With a Vengance.
2. 16 Mar '07 23:38
Pour the 3 into the 5.
Fill it up again then pour 2 gallons inot the 5 leaving 1 in the 3.
Throw away the water in the 5, then add the remaining water from the 3 (1gallon), fill the 3 again and add that too:
You have 4 gallons in the 5
3. 17 Mar '07 12:40
Fill the five, and pour three out. Dump the three. Pour the remaining 2 into the three. Fill the five, pour out 1 filling the 3.

Now you have 4 in the 5 and 3 in the 3.
4. 19 Mar '07 14:401 edit
How can you dump exactly three? Your solution isn't very precise. Take a look above your post.

EDIT: Sorry, my mistake. I thought that your idea is to pour those 3 gallons out of the 5 gallon jug.
5. 20 Mar '07 01:51
Originally posted by kbaumen
How can you dump exactly three? Your solution isn't very precise. Take a look above your post.

EDIT: Sorry, my mistake. I thought that your idea is to pour those 3 gallons out of the 5 gallon jug.
The idea is to pour 3 gallons out of the 5 gallon jug, but to measure, you pour into the 3 gallon jug. Hence the next line, where the 3 gallons is dumped.
6. 20 Mar '07 12:061 edit
I don't think I could even lift a 5 gallon jug of water.

[edit: I tried doing a Google image search for "big jugs" but I couldn't find anything to help with the problem]
7. 20 Mar '07 19:29