Ryan Schenk sent out an e-mail this weekend to document his mathematical approach at optimizing burrito filling.
Let’s take a look at his work:
Pi*((.816*dT)/(2*Pi))^2 * 2 * sqrt( (dT/2)^2 – (.816*dT/2)^2)
or roughly 0.031*dT^3
(where dT is the diameter of the Tortilla.)
It should be noted that this is the theoretical maximum. Experimental results are forthcoming.
Still, what does this mean in layman’s terms?
Basically, the optimal filling ratio is a square with dimensions in a ratio of ~8.1:5.7 laid out with the longer dimension NORMAL to the axis of wrapping (wrappation axis)
It’s true! I have been wrapping my burritos completely wrong! Readers, for heaven’s sake, don’t pack your burritos long, pack them wide! WIDE! This is the key to maximum filling.