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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600
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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600


Say the dimensions of the rectangular solid are x by y by z, then the volume is xyz.

We are given that:

xy=12;
xz=15;
yz=20.

Multiply all three: (xyz)^2=12*15*20=3,600 --> xyz=volume=60.

Answer: A.
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What if the actual test the same questions with very big number? will the same technique hold good? that may take some massive time with bigger numbers.
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What if the actual test the same questions with very big number? will the same technique hold good? that may take some massive time with bigger numbers.


Real GMAT questions, including 700+ questions, do not require tedious math, so even with some big numbers there would be some shortcut possible
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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600


Another approach.
Given L*B = 20 = 5*4 ; L*H = 15 = 5*3 ; B*H=12 = 4*3
So our L = 5 ; B = 4 ; and H = 3

LBH = 60
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Re: In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2013, 16:25
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Attachment:
volume.png
In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600


Say the dimensions of the rectangular solid are x by y by z, then the volume is xyz.

We are given that:

xy=12;
xz=15;
yz=20.

Multiply all three: (xyz)^2=12*15*20=3,600 --> xyz=volume=60.

Answer: A.


What's the rationale behind multiplying all 3?
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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600


Say the dimensions of the rectangular solid are x by y by z, then the volume is xyz.

We are given that:

xy=12;
xz=15;
yz=20.

Multiply all three: (xyz)^2=12*15*20=3,600 --> xyz=volume=60.

Answer: A.


What's the rationale behind multiplying all 3?


We need to find the volume, which is xyz. When we multiply we get (xyz)^2, so to get the volume all we need to do is to take the square root from it .
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Re: In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have [#permalink] New post 21 Jul 2014, 13:58
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Attachment:
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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600


Say the dimensions of the rectangular solid are x by y by z, then the volume is xyz.

We are given that:

xy=12;
xz=15;
yz=20.

Multiply all three: (xyz)^2=12*15*20=3,600 --> xyz=volume=60.

Answer: A.


Similar question to practice: if-a-rectangular-box-has-two-faces-with-an-area-of-30-two-174562.html
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Re: In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2014, 04:23
Walkabout wrote:
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In the rectangular solid above, the three sides shown have areas 12, 15, and 20, respectively. What is the volume of the solid?

(A) 60
(B) 120
(C) 450
(D) 1,800
(E) 3,600



two side should share the same length
area 12, 15, 20

3,4 ; 3,5 ; 5,4

3*4*5=60
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