Applied Mathematics, eh?

One of my co-workers was doing a test involving literally hundreds of paper towels.  She’d throw them out and quickly fill the small garbage bins of which we have about 8 along avoiding the 55 gallon drum on wheels as well.  She continued to fill these small bins until all 8 were full and she started dumping the paper towels in the personal garbage bins of the technicians.  As she approached mine with a hand full of wet paper towels I asked her why she didn’t just use the big drum.  She replied that she didn’t want to fill it if someone else needed it.   It’s a fifty five gallon drum with net capacity of 8 times the smaller cans she’s filling.  She’s said she has a degree in applied mathematics.  I think one of the two words in that degree should be removed.