How many jam tins can fit into this box if they have a diameter of 8cm and are 11cm high?
I have worked out the volume of the box to be and the volume of the tin to be .
When I divide the box by the cans, I get cans.
But the answer should be 30 cans. What have I done wrong?
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You don't tell us what the dimensions of the box are. But have you taken into account the spaces in between the tins? If they are cylindrical (as I assume they are) then you can't pack them into the box without 'wasting' some space, can you?
Originally Posted by Demonstration
Assuming the box is specially designed for packing tins:
You must know that cylinderical things will not fit perfectly into square things.
So, using the volume formula of a cylinder is useless. Instead, assume the tins aren't round, but like a block, rectangular block.
Now the volume of the box is 21120 so...
Hi, sorry, I was given a diagram and I forgot to mention the dimensions.
The dimensions are .
But what you're saying about wasted space makes perfect sense.
So if I packed 5 in a row, with 2 rows, and 3 layers, that makes 30 cans.
I get it now, thanks.