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The hour-glass (Posted on 2009-01-20) Difficulty: 2 of 5
An hour-glass is formed by two identical cones.

Initially, the top cone is full of sand, and the bottom cone is empty.

The sand starts flowing down at a constant rate and the top cone is emptied in exactly 1:30 hours.

How long does it take for the height of the sand in the bottom cone be half of the height in the top cone?

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re: Sand vs. Water? Comment 3 of 3 |
(In reply to Sand vs. Water? by rod hines)

yes, the 8/27 is (2/3)^3, based on the fact the two 3-d shapes are similar with linear dimensions on the 2/3 ratio.
  Posted by Charlie on 2009-01-21 11:24:18

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