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Prism problem

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Let PQRSTUVW be a rectangular prism, as shown. The area of face PQRS is 6. The area of face PQUT is 15. The area of face QUVR is 40. Find the volume of the rectangular prism.

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The volume is 48.

Jan 30, 2020
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sorry, could you explain how you got the answer? I'd like to be sure i understand how to solve the problem.

Guest Jan 30, 2020
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You can assign variables to the side lengths, and then solve the equations.

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x*y=6

x*z=15

y*z=40

x*y*z=48

48/6=8=z

15/8=1.875

6/1.875= 3.2

3.2*8=25.6, which is wrong.

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To make the equations easier to solve, I let

QU = a

UT = b

QR = c.

Then:  area(PQRS) = b·c = 6

area(PQUT) = a·b = 15

area(QUVR) = a·c = 40

Since b·c = 6     --->   c = 6/b

Since a·c = 40   --->   a = 40/c   --->   a = 40/(6/b)   --->   a = 40·b/6         [substituting]

Since a·b = 15   --->   (40·b/6)·b = 15   --->   40·b2 = 90   --->   b2 = 9/4   --->   b = 3/2

Since b = 3/2   --->   b·c = 6   --->   (3/2)·c = 6   --->   c = 4

Since a·c = 40   --->   a·(4) = 40   --->   a = 10

The volume of the object = length·width·height = a·b·c  =  (10)·(3/2)·(4)  =  your answer

Jan 30, 2020