# Pouring problem [duplicate]

You are in the possession of two bottles, one with a capacity of 7 litres and one with a capacity of 11 litres. Next to you is an infinitely large tub of water.

You need to measure exactly 2 litres in one of the bottles.

You are only allowed to entirely empty or fill the bottles. You can't fill them partially since there is no indication on the bottles saying how much liquid is in them.

How do you measure exactly 2 litres?

• I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because you can make 100s of similar puzzles with common answer to use fills in 1 direction. Jan 27, 2015 at 12:15
• Not considering its difficulty (which is very easy) wouldn't this question still be considered a puzzle? Jan 27, 2015 at 12:18
• This question has been answered by the generic solution given in in the problem given by A E's link. Jan 27, 2015 at 20:13

Fill the 7 litre bottle completely and pour the whole thing to the 11 litre bottle.
Fill the 7 litre bottle completety again and pour the water to the 11 litre bottle until it becomes full.
Now the 7 litre bottle contains 3 litres.
Empty the 11 litre bottle and then pour the 3 litres into the 11 litre bottle.
Fill the 7 litre bottle completely and pour the whole thing to the 11 litre bottle.
Fill the 7 litre bottle completely again and pour the water to the 11 litre bottle until it becomes full.
Now the 7 litre bottle contains 6 litres.
Empty the 11 litre bottle and then pour the 6 litres into the 11 litre bottle.
Fill the 7 litre bottle completely and pour the water to the 11 litre bottle until it becomes full.
Now, the 7 litre bottle contains 2 litres.

An other possible solution would be to start by filling the 11 litre bottle as shown below.

• This is correct, i've made a diagram containing the answer in case no-one got this one. Do you mind if i add it to your anwer (as an addition)? Jan 27, 2015 at 11:51
• No problem at all! Jan 27, 2015 at 11:53