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 Gravity experiment (Posted on 2006-05-04)
You are studying the effects of gravity on clay spheres. You conjecture that they will shatter... but at what height? You want to find out the smallest integral height in meters from which the clay will fall and shatter.

Unfortunately, you only have four identical clay spheres, at least until the company that makes them starts returning your calls. Also, you only have enough time for 8 tests, during which the general area will be cleared of people. Last time someone did such an experiment, an egg... well, it was messy. Up to what height can you test the effects of gravity on the clay?

 See The Solution Submitted by Tristan Rating: 4.3333 (3 votes)

 Subject Author Date re(2): Solution Priscilla 2006-05-09 18:11:31 re: Solution Cory Taylor 2006-05-09 17:21:41 Solution Tristan 2006-05-09 16:20:34 re(3): Question Richard 2006-05-08 20:38:03 re(4): Question Salil 2006-05-08 19:48:21 re(3): Question Eric 2006-05-08 16:23:30 re(2): Question Eric 2006-05-08 16:22:01 re(2): Question Salil 2006-05-07 22:19:02 re: Question Richard 2006-05-07 12:17:24 Question Salil 2006-05-07 10:41:47 re(2): Scale It Down Richard 2006-05-06 12:48:13 re: Scale It Down tomarken 2006-05-06 09:20:04 Scale It Down Richard 2006-05-05 23:50:38 re: Detailed Solution Eric 2006-05-05 22:03:27 Detailed Solution Salil 2006-05-05 21:31:54 Revised solution Salil 2006-05-05 13:43:27 My solution Salil 2006-05-05 13:20:25 Drop Plan Part I Eric 2006-05-05 03:04:00 re(2): That's the breaks (Possible correct solution) Dej Mar 2006-05-05 02:20:38 Solution Eric 2006-05-05 02:19:37 A Scheme That Works Richard 2006-05-05 00:15:57 re: That's the breaks (Possible correct solution) tomarken 2006-05-04 22:10:22 That's the breaks (Possible correct solution) Dej Mar 2006-05-04 19:00:10 re(4): Possibly right solution, partial expl. John 2006-05-04 15:39:43 re(3): Possibly right solution, partial expl. tomarken 2006-05-04 15:14:09 re(2): Possibly right solution, partial expl. John 2006-05-04 15:08:15 re: Possibly right solution, partial expl. tomarken 2006-05-04 14:17:26 Possibly right solution, partial expl. Jer 2006-05-04 14:09:26 First thought Eric 2006-05-04 12:53:36

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