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Friday, September 25, 2009

Rosyth Sch 2007 PSLE Math Prelim Q45

The figure shows a cube with 3 painted parts A, B and C. These painted parts are of the same area and they are touching the midpoints of the sides of the cube. The total area of the painted parts is 54 square cm. Find the volume of the cube.

3 painted parts on 3 faces of the cube ----- 54 square cm

1 painted part on 1 face of the cube
54 square cm divided by 3 = 18 square cm

Area of 1 triangle is 18 square cm divided by 2
= 9 square cm

For area of triangle to be 9 square cm, the base has to be 6 cm and height has to be 3 cm as worked out below
(1/2 x 6 cm x 3 cm = 9 square cm)

1 side of the cube is therefore 6 cm as seen from above diagram.

Volume of cube
(6 x 6 x 6) cubic cm = 216 cubic cm

Answer: 216 cubic cm

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