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# What is the minimum number of shipping boxes Company L will

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What is the minimum number of shipping boxes Company L will [#permalink]  19 Oct 2006, 18:34
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What is the minimum number of shipping boxes Company L will need in order to ship 120 rectangular packages, all of which have exactly the same dimensions?

(1) The dimensions of the packages are 3 inches in length, 4 inches in depth, and 6 inches in height
(2) The volume of one shipping box is one cubic foot.

The OE doesn't give me the explantion I want, so I am looking for yours.
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Is it 5 ?

Vol. of 1 shipping box (3/12)*(4/12)*(6/12) = 1/24 cu. ft

Vol. of 120 = 5 cu. ft.
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I think the answer is E.

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1) Not sufficient, we do not know the dimension of the shipping box
2) Not sufficient, we do not know the dimension of the rectangular packages

Together
Volume of the shipping box is 1 ft ^3. We still do not know the dimensions of each side of the shipping box. It could be a cube or a box of size 0.1 ft * 0.1 ft * 100 ft.
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E 2

No need to do any calculation. Without the info of the dimension of the box, we will never know.

Volume of the box tells nothing, it could be a super long but very thin pipe, which cannot fit in even a single package
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Yes it should be E

We need to know the dimensions of the shipping box to calculate the minimum number of shipping boxes.
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But if you look at the definition of 1 cubic foot, it is defined as: the volume of a cube with sides of 1 foot.
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OK good that is what I got as well.

But the OE is C. The question is from the Kaplan book

It says that since the boxes are cubes, their dimensions must be 1x1x1. If this were the case I would agree with C, but it just says that the volume is one cubic foot, so the dimensions could be anything
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mst wrote:
But if you look at the definition of 1 cubic foot, it is defined as: the volume of a cube with sides of 1 foot.

Dont think so.
1 Cubic foot merely specifies the volume, it did not assumed the dimension.

For example, the water in my aquarium is 1 cubic foot. Guess the shape of my aquariuM?
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Exactly...thats what I thought....stupid Kaplan
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Must be E.
Without knowing the dimensions of the boxes, we cannot calculate how many packages will fit into a box.
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mst wrote:
But if you look at the definition of 1 cubic foot, it is defined as: the volume of a cube with sides of 1 foot.

Yeah, but any other shape with the same volume will also have the volume as 1 cubic foot. Make any sense at all?
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Interesting...actually he is right...if you do a google search for one cubic foot, it gives multiple sites that list the definition as a container that is 1x1x1. But I still believe that it could be anything.
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burningskulls wrote:
Interesting...actually he is right...if you do a google search for one cubic foot, it gives multiple sites that list the definition as a container that is 1x1x1. But I still believe that it could be anything.

Actually it's she not he.
Even I think that 1 cubic foot does not necessarily have to be 1x1x1. But that's the definition I got on google search and Kaplan seems to think so too.
So, how would GMAT specify a 1x1x1 cube vs a volume of 1 cu ft for any shape?
Will 1x1x1 be specified as 1 foot cube?
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Excellent.....now I understand what a cubic foot is....that was all I needed
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