Thank you Chetan2u for pointing out the mistake ..

Abhi077 wrote:

A number of equal sized baseballs are stored in a box with a width of 18 inches and a length of 24 inches. If each ball is the same size, and they are lined up tangent to each other in the box, what is the maximum number of balls that can fit in the bottom layer of the box?

1) The surface area of each ball is \(64\pi inches^2\)

2) If the diameter of each ball were 4 inches less, the maximum number of balls that could fit into the box would be 4 times the number of balls that currently fit into the box.

We are looking for the radius of each ball..

1) The surface area of each ball is \(64\pi inches^2\)

So \(4*π*r^2=64*π......r=4\)

So dia is 4*2=8 and number of the ball that will fit in is 24/8=3 along one side and 18/8=2.zyz so 2 along other side

Answer 3*2=6

Sufficient

2) If the diameter of each ball were 4 inches less, the maximum number of balls that could fit into the box would be 4 times the number of balls that currently fit into the box.

Let the dia be x, new dia is x-4...

\(\frac{18*24}{(x-4)^2}\)=\(4*\frac{18*24}{x^2}\)

So (x-4)^2*4=x^2.....\(4x^2-32x+64=x^2.......3x^2-32x+64=0.......\)

\(3x^2-24x-8x+64=0.....(3x(x-8)-8(x-8)=0.....(3x-8)(x-8)=0\)

Now X can be 8/3 or 8 but 8/3-4 will be negative so not possible...

Answer 8..

Again sufficient

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sunita123, you are reading info of statement I in solving II by taking initial DIA as 8

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