GMAT Math : Cubes

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Example Question #1 : Calculating The Length Of An Edge Of A Cube

If the volume of a cube is units cubed, what is the length of each side of the cube?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We solve for the side of the cube by deriving it from the volume of a cube formula:

Example Question #1 : Cubes

If a cube has a surface area of , what is the length of one side?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the surface area of a cube, use the following formula:

Where s is our side length. 

Rearrange for s to get the following:

Plug in 54 for SA and solve

Don't forget your units, in this case centimeters so we get 3 centimeters

Example Question #1 : Calculating The Length Of An Edge Of A Cube

If a cube has a surface area of , what is the length of one of its sides?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the side length of the cube, we need to use the formula for surface area. There are six faces on a cube, so its total surface area is just six times the area of one of its square faces, which is given by the side length squared:

Example Question #561 : Geometry

If a cube has a volume of  and is made up of  smaller cubes, what is the length of one side of one of the smaller cubes?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Volume of a cube is equal to the cube of its side. 343 is equal to 7 cubed, so the length of the whole cube is 7 cm. The cube is made up of 27 smaller cubes though. That means that one face of the cube is made up of 9 cubes and one edge of the whole cube is made up of 3 small cubes. That means that the length of one small cube is equal to the total length of one side divided by the numbers of cubes per side

Then we get our final answer by doing:

Example Question #1 : Cubes

 is a cube with diagonal . What is the length of an edge of the cube?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

We are given the length of the diagonal of the cube.

Therefore we can find the length of an edge by using the formula

  or , and .

Therefore, the final answer is .

Example Question #6 : Calculating The Length Of An Edge Of A Cube

Find the length of the edge of a cube given that the volume is .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find side length, you must use the equation for volume of a cube and solve for .

Thus,

Example Question #1 : Calculating The Diagonal Of A Cube

What is the length of the diagonal of a cube if its side length is   ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The diagonal of a cube extends from one of its corners diagonally through the cube to the opposite corner, so it can be thought of as the hypotenuse of a right triangle formed by the height of the cube and the diagonal of its base. First we must find the diagonal of the base, which will be the same as the diagonal of any face of the cube, by applying the Pythagorean theorem:

Now that we know the length of the diagonal of any face on the cube, we can use the Pythagorean theorem again with this length and the height of the cube, whose hypotenuse is the length of the diagonal for the cube:

Example Question #2 : Calculating The Diagonal Of A Cube

 is a cube and face has an area of . What is the length of diagonal of the cube 

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the diagonal of a cube we can apply the formula , where  is the length of the diagonal and where  is the length of an edge of the cube.

Since we are given an area of a face of the cube, we can find the length of an edge simply by taking its square root.

Here the length of an edge is 3.

Thefore the final andwer is .

Example Question #1 : Calculating The Diagonal Of A Cube

What is the length of the diagonal  of cube , knowing that face  has diagonal equal to ?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the length of the diagonal of the cube, we can apply the formula, however, we firstly need to find the length of an edge, by applying the formula for the diagonal of the square.

  where  is the diagonal of face ABCD, and , the length of one of the side of this square.

The length of  must be , which is the length of the edges of the square.

Therefore we can now use the formula for the length of the diagonal of the cube: 

, where  is the length of an edge.

Since , we get the final answer .

Example Question #1 : Cubes

A given cube has an edge length of . What is the length of the diagonal of the cube?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The diagonal  of a cube with an edge length  can be defined by the equation . Given  in this instance, .

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