This is known as the 'Cornflake Principle' because it is more commonly observed in packets of cornflakes. As the apples or conflakes jiggle about, the smaller ones are able to fall down through gaps in the bigger ones. There will be no big gaps in the small ones to allow the big ones to fall.
Nov 07 02, 8:04 AM
A system assumres its most stable position when its potential energy reaches a minimum. The center of gravity of the apples will be in its lowest position when the apples in the lower portion of the bucket become as densely packed as possible. This will be the case if all the nooks and crannies in the lower portion are filled with small apples. As a result, the larger apples will tend to end up on top.
Nov 07 02, 1:18 PM
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