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    Rectangular swimming pool geometry problem

    An oil spill causes 4.9 million barrels of crude oil to spill
    One barrel of crude oil is equivalent to 42 gallons. If a gallon occupies .13368 cubic feet of volume, how many rectangular swimming pools (to the nearest whole pool), each 20 ft. by 30 ft. by 5 ft. could be filled with all the oil?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zachary123 View Post
    An oil spill causes 4.9 million barrels of crude oil to spill
    One barrel of crude oil is equivalent to 42 gallons. If a gallon occupies .13368 cubic feet of volume, how many rectangular swimming pools (to the nearest whole pool), each 20 ft. by 30 ft. by 5 ft. could be filled with all the oil?
    1. You have to determine 2 volumes: The volume of the spilled oil in cubic feet \left(V_o\right)and the volume of one swimming pool in cubic feet \left(V_p\right). Afterwards calculate the quotient n=\lceil \dfrac{V_o}{V_p} \rceil

    2. Here is the order of calculations to get V_o:

    4.9 \cdot 10^6\ barrels \longrightarrow x \ gallons

    x\ gallons \longrightarrow y\ cft

    3. Here is the order of calculations to get V_p:

    V_p = length \cdot width \cdot depth The dimension of V_p is already in cft.
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