How Many Golf Balls Fit In A 5-Gallon Bucket?

5-gallon bucket

Golf balls are small objects, and there are many bigger objects in the world.

Sometimes, we get that little itch to learn some random, fairly useless, yet intriguing information. Therefore, you may wonder: How many golf balls fit in a 5-Gallon Bucket?

In this article, we will tell you exactly how many golf balls fit in a 5-Gallon Bucket.

How Many Golf Balls Fit In A 5-Gallon Bucket?

You could fit 443 golf balls in a 5-Gallon Bucket, assuming you fill the bucket with efficient packing of golf balls, such as with a cannonball arrangement. In other words, you could fit a little over 400 golf balls in a 5-Gallon Bucket.

Golf balls are tiny, and 5-Gallon Buckets are bigger, so we already know we should be able to fit at least a couple hundred golf balls, but less than 10,000.

This means that if we end up with a tiny number of balls, say under 100, then there must be a mistake. This also means that if we end up with a huge number of balls, say 100,000, then there must be a mistake.

To calculate how many golf balls can fit in a 5-gallon bucket, we will make the following assumptions:

-We are filling a standard 5-gallon bucket.

-Golf balls can be packed in cannonball arrangement to save a bit of lost space due to the golf balls not being cubic. The packing coefficient used is 0.74. No golf balls will be cut, deformed, or transformed to save packing space.

With these assumptions clearly defined, we can start by defining the dimensions of a golf ball:

Golf ball Diameter = 1.68 inches

Golf ball Radius = 1.68/2 = 0.84 inches

Golf Ball Volume = (4/3)*pi*0.84^3 = 2.483 cubic inches

Next, we can define the dimensions of the 5-gallon bucket we are filling with golf balls. There is data available with standard 5-gallon bucket dimensions, and we can calculate the volume from those dimensions:

5-gallon bucket Diameter = 11.9 inches

5-gallon bucket Radius = 11.9/2 = 5.95 inches

5-gallon bucket Height = 13.38 inches

5-gallon bucket Volume = pi*height*radius^2 = pi*13.38*(5.95)^2 = 1488.13 cubic inches

Down below, you can see a quick graphic explaining the packing coefficient used:

packing density

As you can see above, the golf balls can be assembled in cannonball fashion (second arrangement on diagram) when stacked as to save vertical space between the golf balls.

This arrangement of golf balls allows you to save some space that you would otherwise lose if you treated the golf balls as cubes with the same diameter. Golf balls and spheres alike do not occupy the “corners” in a virtual cube with the same diameter as them.

The golf ball cannonball packing coefficient is defined as follows:

Golf ball cannonball packing coefficient = sqrt(2)/2 = 0.74

With all of these elements defined, we can calculate the number of golf balls that we can fit in a 5-Gallon Bucket:

Number of golf balls = (Bucket Volume*packing coefficient) / (golf ball volume)

Number of golf balls = (1488.13*0.74)/2.483

Number of golf balls = 443.5 = 443 full golf balls

We obtain the result of 443.5 golf balls being able to fit in a 5-Gallon Bucket, but we need to round down to 443 since we do not want to cut the golf balls.

In the end, you can fit 443 golf balls in a 5-Gallon Bucket. In other words, you could fit a little over 400 golf balls in a 5-Gallon Bucket.

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Conclusion

There you go! After reading this article, you now know how many golf balls fit in a 5-Gallon Bucket.

It is a big number that may have surprised you! Make your friends guess how many golf balls would fit!

Do you want to know how many golf balls would fit in other objects? Let us know which objects in the comments down below!