A painter needed 6 pints of grey paint, so he mixed 4 pints of black paint with 2 pints of white paint. This turned out to be too dark a grey and he realised that what he really needs is a mixture that has 4 pints of white with 2 of black.
The painter understands that he will have to throw away some of the paint, but wants to get the correct amount of the right mixture with as little waste as possible. How should he do it?
The painter's mixture is currently 4 black and 2 white but he needs 2 black and 4 white. He should pour away half of his mixture to leave him with 2 black and 1 white, then just add the other 3 white.
Now he has 2 black and 4 white, which is what he needed, with only 3 pints of paint wasted.
Posted by Lewis
on 2003-07-31 11:08:37