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**cooljackiec****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-13
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Let ABCDEFGH be a rectangular prism, as shown. The areas of faces ABCD, ABFE, and ADHE are 56, 110, and 385, respectively. Find the volume of the rectangular prism.

The total area of all the faces of a rectangular prism is 22, and the total length of all its edges is 24. Find the length of the internal diagonal of the prism.

I see you have graph paper.

You must be plotting something

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi cooljackiec;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi cooljackiec,

(i) The tetrahedron. I think the little one has sides that are half the large one. So that should fix the ratio of volumes.

LATER EDIT: I've changed my mind about this one. See post 10 on

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic … 60#p277760

(ii) If you call the sides a, b and c then

ab = 56 ........................(p)

bc = 110 ........................(q)

ca = 385 .........................(r)

If you do equation (p) divide by (q) you'll eliminate b

Then make a the subject and substitute into (r) to solve for c.

Then you can substitute back to get a and b.

(iii) Again call the sides a, b and c.

From the information given

This time you cannot solve for a, b and c because there are only two equations. But you don't need to, because we only want to get

There's a neat way to get this. Start with

If you substitute in the values you know you'll be left with the value of a^2 + b^2 + c^2

Bob

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**cooljackiec****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-13
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hmmm... i used some weird guessing/intuition and got half of the correct answer of number 1...

I see you have graph paper.

You must be plotting something

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi cooljackiec;

cooljackiec wrote:

hmmm... i used some weird guessing/intuition and got half of the correct answer of number 1...

That is how I get all my answers. Did you check the answer?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**cooljackiec****Member**- Registered: 2012-12-13
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yes, yours was correct

I see you have graph paper.

You must be plotting something

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Over at Brilliant - AOPS they say "Work smarter, not harder." But where does that leave guys like me?

Arthur Ashe wrote:

Paralysis by analysis.

I say, take thinking out of the solution, it only gets you into trouble. Do not follow Karl Maldens advice, I say leave your brain at home, travel light!

Turn everything into a small template of computational problems and then work on those. The true "Teakettle Principle!"

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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