Can you answer this Riddle?
A king is on a cross-sea voyage and as soon as they get off of their boats he spots the most beautiful elephant he has ever seen. He decides to take it home, but first, he wants to know its weight. The largest scale they brought only goes up to 50 pounds. The king demands that his smartest scholar must come up with a solution or pay the consequences. After several days he finally comes up with an answer.



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You can fill the boat with water and put the elephant in it. You then see how much of water was displaced when the elephant was put in. You take out the elephant and fill up the boat again with water. This time you put in all the weights until the same amount of water is displaced. You add up all the weights to find out how much the elephant weights.
this is not possible different objects have different densities
wt u r finding is the volume not the weight
The same amount of weight will displace the same volume of water.
weight is different volume is different if u put 1 kg block in water it will displace only a bit of water but if u put 1 kg of tomatoes or anything else it will displace comparatively more amount of water so u cannot determine weight using volume
Put the elephant in a boat and mark how far down in the water the boat went. Then put a bunch of smaller objects (that weigh less than 50 pounds) in the boat until it is pushed under water the same amount. Add up the weight of all of the small objects and that's the weight of the elephant.