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 Rising water levels (Posted on 2006-06-26)
You have rectangular pot of water 10cm by 10cm at the bottom and 6 cm deep. It is filled to a depth of 3cm.

You have 7 solid steel shapes in front of you. The question is to find the new level of the water after each shape is put in the pot in the orientation described. The previous shape is removed before adding the next.

1. A cube 5cm on a side.

2. A prism in the shape of a right triangle with legs 5cm long. It is 5cm high but is placed on one of its legs with its hypotenuse sloping out of the water.

3. Another prism, this one having an equilateral triangle of sides 5cm and height 5cm. It is to be placed on its side with two faces sloping up out of the water.

4. A regular hexagonal prism. Each edge of the hexagon is 4cm and the height is 5cm. It is to be placed on its side.

5. A right square pyramid. Its base is 6cm on a side. It is 5cm high. It is to be placed base down.

6. A right cylinder of radius 3cm and length 5cm. It is to be placed on its side.

7a. A right cone of radius 3cm and height 5cm. It is to be placed base down.

7b. The same cone as 7a. This time placed on its side.

 No Solution Yet Submitted by Jer Rating: 4.1667 (6 votes)

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so, what you gotta do is find the volume for the submerged part of the polygon. then, you figure out what percentage that volume is compared to the total volume of the water. then then you add that much percent to the depth of the water. i did this all without a computer using formulas and pencil and paper but im pretty sure its right.i couldnt figure out #'s 4 and 7b so help me out, here are the rest...

1)3.75cm.

2)3.53cm.

3.48cm.

4)?

5)3.39cm.

6)3.72cm.

7a)3.45cm.

7b)?

 Posted by Trevor on 2006-06-27 13:03:36

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