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A sphere is inscribed in a cube with an edge of 10. What is

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A sphere is inscribed in a cube with an edge of 10. What is the shortest possible distance from one of the vertices of the cube to the surface of the sphere?

(A) \(10(\sqrt{3}- 1)\)
(B) \(5\)
(C) \(10(\sqrt{2} - 1)\)
(D) \(5(\sqrt{3} - 1)\)
(E) \(5(\sqrt{2} - 1)\)



Answer: Option D (Just replace edge length as 10 instead of 20)

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Hi, so I originally solved this as


5(2‾√−1) is this because I took this problem to be a circle inside a square vs a sphere inside a cube?

Is the formula I need to memorize 10(3‾√? I can't seem to follow the direction/image provided below.

What is the diagonal of the face of the cube and then the diagonal through the center? PS - I can't seem to do the square root function in my copy and paste!

The diagonal of a cube of side x is x. This can be found by applying the Pythagorean Theorem twice (first to find the diagonal of a face of the cube, x, and then to find the diagonal through the center, x).
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enigma123 wrote:
A sphere is inscribed in a cube with an edge of 10. What is the shortest possible distance from one of the vertices of the cube to the surface of the sphere?

(A) \(10(\sqrt{3}- 1)\)
(B) \(5\)
(C) \(10(\sqrt{2} - 1)\)
(D) \(5(\sqrt{3} - 1)\)
(E) \(5(\sqrt{2} - 1)\)


diagonal of the cube ; 10√3 and diameter of circle ; 10 radius=5
half of (Diagonal minus Diameter) is a gap between the vertex of a cube and the surface of the sphere, which will be the shortest distance 10√3-10/2 = \(5(\sqrt{3} - 1)\)
IMO D
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