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The Three Jugs Problem

Two friends who have an eight-quart jug of water wish to share it evenly. They also have two empty jars, one holding five quarts, the other three. How can they each measure exactly 4 quarts of water?

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To pour water, first click on the "from" jug and then on the "to" jug. You can specify capacities of jugs by first checking the Capacity button. Subsequently click on the numbers below the glasses. Similarly, you may specify the initial quantities of water in each jug by first checking the Water button. To return to the puzzle check the Play button.

You can always take a move Back, or even Reset the puzzle to its starting point.


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