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# Four cylindrical cans with a radius of 2 inches are placed on their ba

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Four cylindrical cans with a radius of 2 inches are placed on their bases inside an open square pasteboard box. If the four sides of the box bulge slightly, which of the following could be the internal perimeter of the base of the box, expressed in inches?

(A) 20
(B) 16
(C) 30
(D) 32
(E) 64

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07 Aug 2019, 07:16
4 cans with 2 inch radius
so diameter is 4
placed in a box, which bulges , it means 4 cans fits perfectly or more in the box

so 1 side of the box will have length as 4+4 =8 inches
hence perimeter of box =32 inches

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07 Aug 2019, 16:34
Since the box is a square, the arrangement is obviously 2x2

So the side length of the square to just fit 2 cans should be the length of 2 diameters which is 2*(2*2)=8

This means the perimeter is 4*8=32

But in this case, the cans fit perfectly and there should be no bulge.

Since there is a slight bulge, the perimeter must be smaller than and close to 32

From our answer choices this should be 30

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