Chork's Puzzles

Welcome to Chork's Puzzles (Revived)! Feeling inspired to create my own puzzles again, I've decided to set new challenging puzzles to boggle you all once again! (:

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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Chork's Puzzle 46

Difficulty rating: 4

Jack owns a paint shop. As business had been rather bad lately, he decided to clear his older stock by holding a promotion, where customers get to buy 3 cans of paint for the price of 2. He decided to package these cans of paint in a promotion box, which has a square base area. The cans of paint are perfectly cylindrical in shape and the diameters of the tin lids are all 10cm. He was pondering over how he should best fit the cans of paint in a square base box such that he would minimize the materials used for the box.

"How about this arrangement?" His friend suggested, "We just need a 20cm by 20cm square base box."

Jack gasped at the gaping hole in this arrangement. What a waste of space! Surely, there was a better arrangement to place 3 cylinders in a square base box?

To the nearest 0.01cm, what is the side length of the smallest square base that can fit the 3 cans of paint?
If you know the answer, post it in the comments section of this post.


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