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 Subject: Estimate how much candy in jar Category: Reference, Education and News > Education Asked by: boredmom-ga List Price: \$2.50 Posted: 02 Feb 2006 04:52 PST Expires: 04 Mar 2006 04:52 PST Question ID: 440434
 `Is there a mathmatical equation to estimate how much candy is in a jar?`
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 Subject: Re: Estimate how much candy in jar From: research_help-ga on 02 Feb 2006 05:45 PST
 ```Yes, you find the volume of the jar, then you find the volume of 1 piece of candy, then you divide the volume of the jar by the volume of 1 piece and you have your answer.```
 Subject: Re: Estimate how much candy in jar From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Feb 2006 05:53 PST
 ```Divide the estimated volume of the jar by the estimated volume of the candy....you would estimate the volume based on the shape of the jar or candy and apply...thus different shapes = different formula... Cylinder: pi * radius squared * h Cube: length * width * height Flattened Sphere (like a goldfish bowl): Treat the same as a cylinder since it is basically a cylinder on it's edge.... Now...since most candy is circular (gumballs) we need to figure out the volume of them... Sphere: 4/3*pi*radius cubed Now...generally speaking spheres in a container will take up 52% of the volume (check sphere packing on the web)so take that percentage of your answer. Hope you win!```
 Subject: Re: Estimate how much candy in jar From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Feb 2006 05:54 PST
 ```research_help... As I mentioned you have to account for sphere packing....pouring gumballs into a shape leaves ALOT of empty spaces...take it at about 54% filled after applying formula.```
 Subject: Re: Estimate how much candy in jar From: canadianhelper-ga on 02 Feb 2006 05:55 PST
 `Sorry...meant 52%!!`
 Subject: Re: Estimate how much candy in jar From: nronronronro-ga on 02 Feb 2006 15:33 PST
 ```Dear boredmom, The best way to guess the quantity? Ask a diverse group of people! In the book, The Wisdom of Crowds, the author describes how a large group of people can guess the number of M&Ms in a goldfish bowl with amazing accuracy. This experiment has been replicated over and over again. Good luck! ron```