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Nokia Software Engineer Interview Question

I interviewed in Chicago, IL and was asked:
"Logic puzzle from Die Hard (3 gal bucket, 5 gal bucket, make 4 gals)"
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add 3 gal to 5 gal, add from 3 gal to 5 gal tank already filled to 3. Left with 1 gal in 3gal tank. Empty 5gal and fill with 1 gal. Fill 3gal and add to 1 gal in 5gal tank. 4 gal total.
- Anonymous on Sep 16, 2012
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Even simpler:
fill the 3 gal from the 5 gal full - it will be 2 gal left in the 5 gal tank.
Spill the 3 gal contents and put the 2 gal from the other tank.
Fill up the 5 gal then from it fill up the 3 gal tank (1 gal will only fit).

The 5 gal tank now contains 4 gal
- Anonymous on Sep 4, 2013

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