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#1 2006-11-13 23:17:26

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Depth of Water in a cuboid

5 litres of water is poured into a cuboid with base dimensions of 10 cm by 12 cm and a height of 50 cm. What is the depth of water in the cuboid correct to the nearest millimetre?

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#2 2006-11-13 23:56:23

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Re: Depth of Water in a cuboid

5 litres = 5000 cm[sup]3[/sup]

5000/(10x12) = 41.666... cm = 42 mm (to the mm)


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#3 2006-11-14 00:48:09

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Re: Depth of Water in a cuboid

Why, uh, do you divide by (10x12)?

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#4 2006-11-14 02:32:03

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Re: Depth of Water in a cuboid

Because that's the base area of the cuboid. The height of water will go up by 1cm for every 120cm³ you pour in, so to find the height you need to divide the volume by that.


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