According to Plutarch, the Greeks found all the rectangles with
integer sides, whose areas are equal to their perimeters. Can you
find them? What rectangular boxes, with integer sides, have their
surface areas equal to their volumes?
This jar used to hold perfumed oil. It contained enough oil to fill
granid silver bottles. Each bottle held enough to fill ozvik golden
goblets and each goblet held enough to fill vaswik crystal spoons.
Each day a spoonful was used to perfume the bath of a beautiful
princess. For how many days did the whole jar last? The genie's
master replied: Five hundred and ninety five days. What three
numbers do the genie's words granid, ozvik and vaswik stand for?
Stage: 3 Challenge Level:
Does it help to work out the cross sectional area of each
Can you picture how full each letter would be if one cubic
centimetre of water was poured in? What about two cubic
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