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# The greatest possible (straight line) distance, in inches, between any

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The greatest possible (straight line) distance, in inches, between any two points on a certain cube is 10. If the cube is modified so that its length is doubled and its width is doubled while its height remains unchanged, then what is the greatest possible (straight line) distance, in inches, between any two points on the modified box?

A. 10√2
B. 10√3
C. 20
D. 30
E. 30√3

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The greatest distance(straight line) between two points in a cube is its diagonal.
Here the length of the digaonal is 10.
Therefore, Side*$$\sqrt{3} = 10$$
Side = $$\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}$$

Since the length and breadth doubles, and height remains the same.
The new box is a cuboid with length = breadth = $$\frac{20}{\sqrt{3}}$$ and height is $$\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}$$

The straight line greatest distance is the diagonal.
Diagonal = $$\sqrt{length^2 + breadth^2 + height^2} = \sqrt{300} = 10*\sqrt{3}$$(Option B)
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300 is 10*10*3 or $$3 * 10^2$$

The square root of 300 is 10*sqft(3) as 10 comes outside the square

Hope that helps!
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aanjumz92 wrote:
pushpitkc wrote:
300 is 10*10*3 or $$3 * 10^2$$

The square root of 300 is 10*sqft(3) as 10 comes outside the square

Hope that helps!

But if the new box is a cuboid with length = breadth = 20/√3 and height is 10/√3 then where are the 10*10*3 coming from? Shountld you be multiplying the two 20/√3 with the 10/√3 ?

Sorry but for some reason this is literally going over my head....

Diagonal = $$\sqrt{length^2 + breadth^2 + height^2} = \sqrt{(\frac{20}{sqroot3})^2 + (\frac{20}{sqroot3})^2 + (\frac{10}{sqroot3})^2}= \sqrt{(\frac{400}{3}) + (\frac{400}{3}) + (\frac{100}{3})}= \sqrt{\frac{900}{3} =} \sqrt{300} = 10*\sqrt{3}$$(Option B)
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Bunuel wrote:
The greatest possible (straight line) distance, in inches, between any two points on a certain cube is 10. If the cube is modified so that its length is doubled and its width is doubled while its height remains unchanged, then what is the greatest possible (straight line) distance, in inches, between any two points on the modified box?

A. 10√2
B. 10√3
C. 20
D. 30
E. 30√3

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The greatest possible distance between any two points on a cube is the diagonal (D) which is also the hypotenuse of the triangle made by the the shorter diagonal (d) and a. The shorter diagonal (d) is the hypotenuse of sides a and a.
So $$d^2 = a^2 + a^2$$
and $$D^2 = d^2 + a^2 = 3a^2$$
$$D = \sqrt{3}a = 10$$

If length and width are doubled, New $$d^2 = (2a)^2 + (2a)^2 = 8a^2$$
New $$D^2 = 8a^2 + a^2 = 9a^2$$
Then New $$D = 3a = 10\sqrt{3}$$

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19 Feb 2018, 17:55
pushpitkc wrote:
The greatest distance(straight line) between two points in a cube is its diagonal.
Here the length of the digaonal is 10.
Therefore, Side*$$\sqrt{3} = 10$$
Side = $$\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}$$

Since the length and breadth doubles, and height remains the same.
The new box is a cuboid with length = breadth = $$\frac{20}{\sqrt{3}}$$ and height is $$\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}$$

The straight line greatest distance is the diagonal.
Diagonal = $$\sqrt{length^2 + breadth^2 + height^2} = \sqrt{300} = 10*\sqrt{3}$$(Option B)

Can you please explain how you got the square root of 300? I am so lost at that point?
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19 Feb 2018, 19:35
pushpitkc wrote:
300 is 10*10*3 or $$3 * 10^2$$

The square root of 300 is 10*sqft(3) as 10 comes outside the square

Hope that helps!

But if the new box is a cuboid with length = breadth = 20/√3 and height is 10/√3 then where are the 10*10*3 coming from? Shountld you be multiplying the two 20/√3 with the 10/√3 ?

Sorry but for some reason this is literally going over my head....
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