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A cubic box with an edge length of 4 inches holds a ball with a radius of 2 inches, such that the ball touches the box on all six sides (it is tangent to all six sides). What is the distance, in inches, between the center of the ball and a corner of the box?

A 6√3
B 4√3
C 2√3
D 2√2
E √2

Does GMAT test us on such questions?
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A cubic box with an edge length of 4 inches holds a ball with a radius of 2 inches, such that the ball touches the box on all six sides (it is tangent to all six sides). What is the distance, in inches, between the center of the ball and a corner of the box?

A 6√3
B 4√3
C 2√3
D 2√2
E √2

Does GMAT test us on such questions?


Given that the sphere is inscribed into the cube.

The length of a diagonal of a cube equals to \(\sqrt{4^2+4^2+4^2}=4\sqrt{3}\).

The distance between the center of the ball and a corner of the box will simply be half of the diagonal, so \(2\sqrt{3}\).

Answer: C.
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JarvisR wrote:
A cubic box with an edge length of 4 inches holds a ball with a radius of 2 inches, such that the ball touches the box on all six sides (it is tangent to all six sides). What is the distance, in inches, between the center of the ball and a corner of the box?

A 6√3
B 4√3
C 2√3
D 2√2
E √2

Does GMAT test us on such questions?


Please refer the fig.
diagonal = √3a------>4√3
so half upto centre=2√3
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New post 30 Jul 2016, 13:19
When approaching this problem I noticed that the sphere touches the six edges of the box. This means I don't need additional information about the box as I already knew the radius. I also noted that calculating the distance between the center of the sphere and the corner of the box is the same thing as calculating the diagonal of a cube with each side equal to one radius of the sphere).

Given the radius of 2 I calculate the diagonal of the cube with side length 2. As the formula for the diameter of a cube is "side length*sqrt(3)". The answer had to be C. (sidelength = 2 was given in q-stem)

It would be interesting to see a question such as this one, where the test makers leave room at the top and the bottom but allow the sphere to be tangent to the up-right sides. This could likely be used in a data sufficiency question in different ways. Does anyone know about any questions like the one I described?

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New post 15 Oct 2017, 10:27
The distance between the center of the ball and a corner of the box is in fact half the long diagonal of this cube.

Long diagonal of a cube = s√3

so long diagonal of this particular cube is 4√3, half of which is 2√3, so C is the right answer.
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