# GMAT Math : DSQ: Calculating the surface area of a cube

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Dsq: Calculating The Surface Area Of A Cube

Ron is making a box in the shape of a cube. He needs to know how much wood he needs. Find the surface area of the box.

I) The diagonal distance across the box will be equivalent to .

II) Half the length of one side is .

Statement II is sufficient to answer the question, but Statement I is not sufficient to answer the question.

Both statements are needed to answer the question.

Either statement is sufficient to answer the question.

Statement I is sufficient to answer the question, but Statement II is not sufficient to answer the question.

Either statement is sufficient to answer the question.

Explanation:

To find the surface area of a cube, we need the length of one side.

Statement I gives the diagonal, we can use this to find the length of one side.

Statement II gives us a clue about the length of one side; we can use that to find the full length of one side.

The following formula gives us the surface area of a cube: Use Statement I to find the length of the side with the following formula, where is the diagonal and is the side length:   So, using Statement I, we find the surface area to be Using Statement, we get that the length of one side is two times two: Again, use the surface area formula to get the following: Tired of practice problems?

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