
ZOJ Problem Set  1911
A faucet is pouring water into a long, thin aquarium with various vertical dividers (walls) in it. The aquarium is initially empty, and its bottom is perfectly level. How long will it take for water to spill over its left or rightmost divider? The faucet is above location x=0, and the dividers are located at x=1, 3, 5, ..., leftx and 1, 3, 5, ..., rightx. The dividers are attached perpendicular to the floor and sides of the aquarium, and have various heights. The aquarium's length is greater than rightxleftx, its walls are higher than the highest divider, and its width is 1 unit everywhere. Water pours from the faucet at a rate of 1 cubic unit per second. [You may assume that water is an ideal liquid: it always flows downhill and if it cannot flow downhill it spreads at an equal rate in all horizontal directions.]
Source: University of Waterloo Local Contest 2002.09.21 