• Question: Tom is sitting at his desk, being cool, when his younger brother Chris walks up. Chris believes he can beat Tom in anything. He sets up a little competition, the first to get 5 ounces of water to freeze, will be proclaimed the coolest guy in their home. They set up some rules, as follows: -They both can only use normal water that comes out of their stainless steel faucet. -They both use identical containers -They both must use the same freezer, at the same time. Now, Tom realizes that if he were to lose, he would become less cool, he just doesn't roll like that. So, how can Tom have the best chance of winning over Chris?

    Asked by iamsirius to Alex, Amy, Andy, Georgia, Ollie on 15 Jun 2011.
    • Photo: Ollie Russell

      Ollie Russell answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      If he adds salt to Chris’s water then it wont freeze so Tom will be cooler….

    • Photo: Amy Reeve

      Amy Reeve answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      He could use warmer water!

    • Photo: Andy MacLeod

      Andy MacLeod answered on 15 Jun 2011:

      So, if the water and the container and the freezer can’t vary, I wonder what can?

      “Faucet” is a word we don’t hear very often here. Is a faucet one of those taps that only has a single output and a temperature control? So if you Tom adjusts the faucet so that his water is warmer than Chris’s before it goes into the freezer, that should freeze quicker.