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#1 2005-07-16 22:53:48

Registered: 2005-01-21
Posts: 7,639

Gas Cylinders

Twenty-one gas cylinders are to be loaded onto three trucks. Seven are full, seven are half-full and seven are empty. A full cylinder weighs 50kg and an empty cylinder weighs 20kg. How should they be loaded onto the trucks so that each truck is carrying the same weight?

(I found this while surfing, and haven't even solved it myself yet)

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#2 2005-07-16 23:16:54

Registered: 2005-06-22
Posts: 4,900

Re: Gas Cylinders

Its not very difficult, just think about it for a while.

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It wanted to be normal.


#3 2005-07-17 17:27:14

Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 22,657

Re: Gas Cylinders

Ist truck:-    3 full cylinders, 1 half-full and 3 empty
IInd truck:-  2 full cylinders, 3 half-full and 2 empty
IIIrd truck:- 2 full cylinders, 3 half-full and 2 empty

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