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### HideShow timer Statistics A cube has a volume of 72. If it is divided into 8 equal cubes, the ratio of an edge of a smaller cube to an edge of the original cube is

(A) 1 : 2
(B) 1: 3
(C) 1 : 3√2
(D) 2 : 9
(E) 1 : 9

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Bunuel wrote:
A cube has a volume of 72. If it is divided into 8 equal cubes, the ratio of an edge of a smaller cube to an edge of the original cube is

(A) 1 : 2
(B) 1: 3
(C) 1 : 3√2
(D) 2 : 9
(E) 1 : 9

Volume of each small cube = 72/8 = 9
Edge of each small cube = 9^1/3
Edge of Original cube = 72^1/3
$$(9^(1/3)) / (8^(1/3)) * (9^(1/3))$$
1/2
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Bunuel wrote:
A cube has a volume of 72. If it is divided into 8 equal cubes, the ratio of an edge of a smaller cube to an edge of the original cube is

(A) 1 : 2
(B) 1: 3
(C) 1 : 3√2
(D) 2 : 9
(E) 1 : 9

Great question!
The great thing about it is that the volume of the original cube is irrelevant.
It all comes down to what happens when we divide ANY cube into 8 equal cubes.
Here's what I mean.

Take a cube and divide it into 8 equal cubes... If we let x = the length of one edge of the ORIGINAL cube.... ....then x/2 = the length of one edge of the SMALLER cube.... What is the ratio of an edge of a smaller cube to an edge of the original cube?
Get get: x/2 : x
Divide both sides by x to get the EQUIVALENT ratio: 1/2 : 1
Multiply both sides by 2 to get the EQUIVALENT ratio: 1 : 2

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