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Pressure Cooker

Science brain teasers require understanding of the physical or biological world and the laws that govern it.

 

Puzzle ID:#8558
Fun:*** (2.66)
Difficulty:*** (2.21)
Category:Science
Submitted By:Bobbrt*****

 

 

 



Most people know that it takes longer to boil an egg at higher altitudes. If instead of boiling an egg in the traditional manner, however, you used a pressure cooker at the higher and lower altitudes, would it:

a) still take longer to cook the egg at higher altitudes,
b) take the same amount of time no matter what the altitude is,
c) take longer to cook the egg at lower altitudes, or
d) the question can't be answered without knowing what the pressure setting on the cooker is.

Ignore the fact that the egg might be crushed by the pressure inside the cooker.

If you're not sure why it takes longer for an egg to boil at higher altitudes, see the hint.





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Comments

Palsha**
Dec 08, 2002

I really liked this one. This problem makes one think of all solutions, but it's still tricky(that's why it's a science teaser!). If you have any more teasers similiar to the format you did on this one, I would love to see more!
jonnyonline
Jan 16, 2003

how long would it take to boil water in outerspace? what about in a black hole?
jimbo*au*
Apr 07, 2003

How long would it take to boil water on the bottom of the ocean (assuming you could light the fire). Good teaser!



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