# Thread: How many skittles would fit in a half gallon jar?

1. ## How many skittles would fit in a half gallon jar?

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Trying to use some math to figure out how many units of skittles would fit in a certain volume to try and guess how many skittles are in this jar at work which I would estimate is about half a gallon for guessing/prize sort of game.

Any insights to help my analysis? :x

2. it would be more easy if you would give me some green skittles so i can try it out and then ill give them back to you.

3. I'm actually pretty good at this. You kind of take a quick count at the bottom layer of the jar and then multiply by how many layers you think it is. It'll get you kinda close

4. bout half a gallons worth i reckon

5. Originally Posted by bdaswat
Trying to use some math to figure out how many units of skittles would fit in a certain volume to try and guess how many skittles are in this jar at work which I would estimate is about half a gallon for guessing/prize sort of game.

Any insights to help my analysis? :x
there is a technique to figure this out. at work our boss offered a gallon jar of jellybeans and whoever guessed the closest won the jar. The guy that won was only off by 12!

there is a strategy in predicting the number, but i've never figured out how it works.

6. Should be easy.

Volume of one skittle.

Volume of half gallon jar.

The only tough part is estimating how much dead space would be between the skittles since they're not square.

7. 350

8. Originally Posted by CCAurora
Should be easy.

Volume of one skittle.

Volume of half gallon jar.

The only tough part is estimating how much dead space would be between the skittles since they're not square.
This. The bigger the jar, the more you'll be off. But basically figure out the volume of a skittle and divide by half gallon. The shape of the skittles will allow them to nest pretty well, so maybe subtract 1% to account for dead space. Should be pretty close if you do your math correctly.

9. Id say 3, maybe 4 skittles.

10. Give or take a 1/2 gallons worth....

11. I've done this before and it actual works pretty good.

Try to count how many skittles are on the bottom of the container. Then, try to estimate how many skittles high the skittles are. Multiple the numbers, it comes out pretty close.

Ex. So, if you think there are 35 skittles on the bottom of the container, and, if the skittles were stacked on top of one antoehr, it would be 10 skittles high, multiply 35 x 10 = 350

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13. I've done this before and it actual works pretty good.

Try to count how many skittles are on the bottom of the container. Then, try to estimate how many skittles high the skittles are. Multiple the numbers, it comes out pretty close.

Ex. So, if you think there are 35 skittles on the bottom of the container, and, if the skittles were stacked on top of one antoehr, it would be 10 skittles high, multiply 35 x 10 = 350

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