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Can you solve the airplane riddle? - Judd A. Schorr

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View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/can-you-solve-the-airplane-riddle-judd-a-schorr Professor Fukanō, the famous scientist, has embarked on a new challenge – piloting around the world in a plane of his own design. There’s just one problem: there's not enough fuel to complete the journey. Luckily, there are two other planes to help. Can you help the professor fly for the whole trip and achieve his dream, without anyone running out of fuel and crashing? Judd A. Schorr shows how. Lesson by Judd A. Schorr, animation by Artrake Studio.
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Kennys Vlogs4Fun (1 day ago)
This vid is proof that the 🌍 is not flat
Keshi Thinks (2 days ago)
Easy!!! Im on fireeeeee 😎😎😎 and with an even better solution!!
Jarin (3 days ago)
Or until they build bigger fuel tanks
ahmed salah (3 days ago)
Objection: you didn't say that a plane can reful two other planes at the same time. You said they can DIME (PAIR)....... the planes crashes by *A HAIR*
Ahad-Sama (4 days ago)
I got it correct
CubicMinecraft (5 days ago)
Plot Twist: Fugori and Orokana continue feeding fuel into the professor, who can't do anything except give fuel back, crashlanding them all into the ocean.
KUSHAGRA BANSAL (6 days ago)
Never ever change your narrator
Ben King (7 days ago)
I just had orokana give all her fuel to the professor at the 90° mark
Matthew Wei (7 days ago)
1:30, if they can fly that fast go for it!
Matthew Wei (8 days ago)
Fukanou should not have that name of his. In Japanese means impressive
Matthew Wei (8 days ago)
fukano! I know u want fun, but u almost died to do it, pathetic
Rick Haverts (9 days ago)
Matthew Smith (9 days ago)
Can you solve this riddle? Oh Fuk-a-no!
PowerHour (10 days ago)
1st to engineer a working prototype.
Tobias P (13 days ago)
I figured it out but in a differnt way. Let me explain, also I will use the amount of fuel they have in % instead of using the exact amount like shown in the video to make it easier. We know that all of your fuel will take you to just the other side of the planet and you can only land on one spot which is the airport you started from. To accomplish this task ive decided to devide the whole trip around the globe into 10 sections. Every section is exactly 36 degree of longitude (One tenth of the whole trip). Due to our understanding that half the trip will take up 100% of our fuel we can safely assume that every section will take up 20% of our fuel. So basically. 36 deegres of longitude = 1 section = 20% fuel. Now to the actual flight we will (just like in the video) fly every plane west. But instead of stopping at 1/8 (or 1.25 sections) of the total flight you will now stop at 1/5 or exactly 2 section. All the planes should now have 60% of their fuel left and has all used 40% of their fuel to get there. Plane 2 and 3 will now transfer 20% of their fuel to plane 1 (each) which will put plane 1 at 100% fuel while the other planes will have 40% each. The second and third plane will now have exactly enough to fly back to the airport to refuel for their next mission. Meanwhile plane 1 will have just enough fuel after the refuel to go 180 degrees of longitude plus the 72 it has already travelled which puts the total at 252 degrees of longitude or in more simple terms, 7 sections. Meanwhile, plane 2 and 3 has refueled at the airport and plane 2 has gone 3 sections or 108 defrees longitude and has now reached plane 1. With the remaing 40% they split it even and can now go one more section. Meanwhile plane nr 3 has also gone east and meets up with plane 1 and 2 and they all split the fuel to get 20% each. With this fuel they all aim for the airport and they all crash in the pacific, 18 degrees of longitude from their destination and Fukanōs dreams were crushed and yes I just made you read all that and yes I thought it would work while writing it.
NoonCat (16 days ago)
emila earhart tried this but failed miserably
Lorenzo Galardinovic (17 days ago)
This is great, could solve this one, after like 3 or 4 ridles i coudnt find the answer. Very gratifying.
Tim Rodin (17 days ago)
So instead of adding a bigger fuel gage which probably would take a couple of days this man was just like imma make 3 extra ones which would take 3x the amount of time🤔
Tuff Stuff (20 days ago)
I found a different Solution actually... A little more complicated...
Lawrence (22 days ago)
multiple solutions to this, should have added the criteria to use the minimal refueling/transfer for the most optimum solution
Klockwork 0reo (22 days ago)
The animation here is adorable.
Thicc Fish (24 days ago)
False, He would be out of fuel as they meet causing him to crash.
Carlos Uribe (25 days ago)
This reminds me of fast and furious 😄💯
firm laster (25 days ago)
I have a different and simple solution.
Drew Senna (28 days ago)
Can't I just gain altitude like how a bird dives down to gain speed then go up again? Or is this plane wingless??
R.O.T.C SEEM (24 days ago)
Without Fuel you can't
Keith_1406 Gaming (28 days ago)
Solution: Hair, 1:47
MyGoogle Yeah (29 days ago)
4:14 that's the lesson of the riddle
S HY (29 days ago)
Phúc Duy Nguyễn (1 month ago)
3:03 So that meant a refuel would take 45 mins xD (14:15 to 15:00)
Masif (1 month ago)
How can you listening to music while flying in a lowdly engine sound of the planes dum dum?
Masif (24 days ago)
@R.O.T.C SEEM I dont understand, but i know know.
R.O.T.C SEEM (24 days ago)
You are moving faster than the speed of sound meaning you won't hear any outside noise that the engine makes because the sound wouldn't be able to catch up in time but the noise in the plane you would be able to hear because it is moving at the same speed of the plane just like you are
Yellow Lama (1 month ago)
The planes are 6666 kmh fast
Mahin Shahrier (1 month ago)
I did it by myself for probably the first time
Bill Mermiklis (1 month ago)
Its a trap the earth is flat
Gevan Fayad Raihan (1 month ago)
This guy did 9/11
Iancu Vlad (1 month ago)
I figured out: The professor needs 90 more liters of fuel We can put 1 plane to fly 90 degrees left along with the professor and transfer 90 liters of fuel and the other one will fly 90 degrees right to meet the professor givind him 90 liters of fuel.
WarShock12 Gt (1 month ago)
Nah dude their is another way
GoLogical Gaming (1 month ago)
I found AN EVEN BETTER solution wherein the end they will have 10 kilolitres to SPARE!!! First they all three fly at the same time to the left, after 60 minutes, Orokana gives 60 kilolitres to the professor and flies back to the landing. After 20 minutes, Fugori gives 20 litres to the professor and flies back to the landing, after 40 minutes Orokana lands and completely refuels. After another 40 minutes Fugori lands and completely refuels, immediately after that Orokana and Fugori fly to the right. After 60 minutes Orokana gives 60 kilolitres to Fugori and Orokana flies back to the landing. After 40 minutes Fugori and the professor meet and Fugori gives 60 kilolitres to the professor. After 20 minutes Orokana lands and completely refuels immediately after that flies to the right. After 40 minutes Orokana meets them and gives 54 kilolitres to the professor and 33 kilolitres to Fugori. Now they all safely head back to the landing with all three of them, 13 or 14 kilolitres to spare!!!!
hey mate I will (1 month ago)
Good riddle :)
Akh Shurra (1 month ago)
this is the first one I actually took time to think through and what would you know, I made it
Darek Młot (1 month ago)
I can't believe it's my first riddle on this channel that i actually solved 😎
Garfeld (1 month ago)
1. Earth is flat 2. When you displayed 14:15 it would be uncorrect due to the time zones Also, if this guy can fly around the world faster than it spins, he wouldn't age
Dabbing Unicorn (1 month ago)
*bring some fuel on the plane...* -duh-
badams (1 month ago)
This is a terrible riddle, I get the solution and the question, it just doesn't make sense to even have this riddle exist, its not clever or interesting; just there.
Min Suga (1 month ago)
No wonders why they are so smart ! THEY ARE ALL ASIAN !😂😂
CloudLife (1 month ago)
I loveeee the art and animation 👍🙃🙂
Pupperdoodle (1 month ago)
I just had them fly together filling each other’s fuel tanks in a constant cycle
Mery Gun (1 month ago)
I figured it out Don’t do anything and wait 24 hours
Glowy AlanFaded (1 month ago)
And the weight of the fuel and container
Cyruscheung Does Stuff (2 months ago)
How about just make an extra fuel plane
llxX /\/\¡ŚT Xxll (2 months ago)
I would install a room in the original plane for another full gas tank or use another plane..
Clayel - Clay Gaming (2 months ago)
Apparently you would have to travel a little above mach 5.4 to go this fast, Which is only possible by the X-15 currently.
Abhay Solanki (2 months ago)
I did in another way. let's give the plane numbers 1,2 and 3. Where 1 is the main guy. So planes 1 and 2 leave the airport at the same time. They both reach 1/4 of the earth. That's when 2 gives half of his fuel to 1 and changes the direction and starts going back to the airport. But he can only make it to 1/8 marker of the earth. That's when he meets 3 and they refill go back. 1 can make it to the 3/4 mark of the earth. That's when they use the same strategy to make it back.
It would be easier to make a bigger fuel storage than created 3 planes
CanyonnT T (2 months ago)
So it's not a riddle it's a math problem.
thomas oneil (2 months ago)
You didn't say they could refuel, this changes things.
DUAL (2 months ago)
*professor fuk* **no offence**
Isabella Brown (2 months ago)
Brianana Yang (2 months ago)
*Oh no, I overslept.*
Basilisk Gamer (2 months ago)
Solution: Bring extra gas
thom soap (2 months ago)
Why not just have one assistant stay and have the other refuel the prof at 1/4 of the way then fly back. Then the prof flies around and meets the other assistant at 3/4 of the way where she refuels him and then heads back with him to the airport?
Charged PikaPlus (2 months ago)
Yea, that food problem needs fixing
Lyreoz (2 months ago)
Here's a far better solution: deconstruct the other two planes and put their fuel tanks into the professor's plane.
Gregagne (2 months ago)
Next question would be : What is the smallest tank that allows to do a round the globe journey using not 3 but 4 planes ? 2 planes ? n planes ? What happens when n goes toward infinity ? (I find this last result surprising, would be happy to discuss it.)
Cheat Khjom (2 months ago)
My favorite video from Ted Ed
Samuel Hill-Smith (2 months ago)
You can do it with smaller fuel tanks. If the support planes more time ferrying fuel out you could support the solo plane for a larger distance
prasanna (2 months ago)
This riddle is relatively easy compared to others on Ted Ed,which I doubt I could figure out even in a lifetime.
Zixiang Zheng (2 months ago)
easy, before the trip build robots that drive their own planes then tell them to give all their fuel to the professor so only the robot dies
Potchiey 195 (2 months ago)
1:39 if normal planes run out of fuel, they won't crash they will just glide to the ground. Unless they are above water of course
Anthony Scali (2 months ago)
1:45 average CVS receipt size.
Pi (2 months ago)
The horses name is friday
Sera69FI (2 months ago)
2:37 14:15 should be 13:30. All planes move the same speed.
dante ungas (2 months ago)
I figured it out! 1st.go to the South Pole 2nd.from a few feet away from the South Pole rotate yourself Then boom your finished!
dante ungas (1 month ago)
@ScreamMario 51 idk
ScreamMario 51 (1 month ago)
@dante ungas I got r/woosh in a cool way right?
dante ungas (1 month ago)
@ScreamMario 51 then poor it at your shoe
ScreamMario 51 (1 month ago)
How about the fuel?
Ryan Murray (3 months ago)
Assuming the earth is round
Leorando (3 months ago)
the key solution is the word "REFUEL" from the begining
Tristin DatDude (3 months ago)
GamingAtom (3 months ago)
The professor made the planes fast, able to turn in a couple seconds and refuel midair with no problem, but he forgot to add parachutes on a small plane?
Superstar Yoshi (3 months ago)
Solution: 1. Don't be a nincompoop like Fukano here and increase the fue limit. 2. *Profit!!!1111!!!*
Brother V (3 months ago)
So we’re just going to forget about the earths rotation?
Henry Zhang (3 months ago)
Solution: drop tanks
Setiabumi Pangeransam (3 months ago)
Did he literally waste his coutry budget for fun??
Shubham (3 months ago)
So much fuel got wasted. He could've just doubled the capacity of his plane.
Cat Loving Trio (3 months ago)
The planes use a whooping kiloliter per minute. So inefficient.
Lord Saahil (3 months ago)
Solved it, Bitches!
Paul Zhao (3 months ago)
So that cool mission from the falklands war
Paul Zhao (3 months ago)
Except no bombing and much farther
Mary Rose Rivera (3 months ago)
7he C0bra (4 months ago)
Yaay! I got it!
Tim Rodin (4 months ago)
Accidentally makes it one kiloliter less #oof
FinDaFish Gaming (4 months ago)
Why didnt he just confirm he had green eyes and then ask to leave?
David Alvaro (4 months ago)
Rami Abdellah Mokrane (4 months ago)
I almost got it ALMOST
osho (4 months ago)
Guys, I'm scared of going on a plane to Mexico, I've always been and I'm scared I'm either gonna be stuck on an island, stuck in the middle of the ocean, or in the middle of the jungle. Which situation would you not wanna be an at all?
Abel Soto (4 months ago)
Abel Soto (4 months ago)
I used 60s though. Prof and guy go 60, guy gives 60, then goes back. Prof has 180 fuel and is at 60 so be travels until 240. When he gets there girl is there too with 120 fuel because guy and girl had gone 60, guy gave girl 60 and then went back. Girl had 180 then went 60 to meet Prof then she had 120. So then she gives 60 and travels back 60 with Prof, by then they both run out of fuel but guy has traveled 60, gave 60 to girl and 60 to Prof and they all travel back together.
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lil boi cumstain (4 months ago)
Uhhhh, I got Orokana’s plane crashing down because I guess Fugori didn’t have enough fuel for her.
Tawney (4 months ago)
Yaay i figured it out!
Sebastian Perez (4 months ago)
Wait. Arent there thing called "Air Traffic"?
XxSwagyGalaxy546xX 101 (4 months ago)
My solution was gliding. during the 1st half of the flight, you use fuel for 1/8th during the 1st half of the flight. Then, cut your engines and glide for 1/8. do this 4 times. this gives you 1/2 fuel for the rest of the flight. THEN one of the pilots heads in the professers direction to fuel him up. she returns to the airport along with the professor. BOOM!
XxSwagyGalaxy546xX 101 (4 months ago)
You can also glide. it will save fuel.
Scarllet McDallis (4 months ago)
I would have just hoped gravity was helpful enough
Elfella Animations (4 months ago)
Lol when he finishes I thought he shidded himself lmao 4:11

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