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The measurements obtained for the interior dimensions of a rectangular box are 200 cm by 200 cm by 300cm. If each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter, which of the following is the closes maximum possible difference, in cubic centimeters, between the actual capacity of the box and the capacity computed using these measurements?

A. 100,000 B. 120,000 C. 160,000 D. 200,000 E. 320,000

The options are well spread so we can approximate. Changing the length by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 1*200*300 = 60,000 cubic centimeters; Changing the width by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 200*1*300 = 60,000 cubic centimeters; Changing the height by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 200*200*1 = 40,000 cubic centimeters.

So, approximate maximum possible difference is 60,000 + 60,000 + 40,000 = 160,000 cubic centimeters.

Answer: C.

is not it kind of overlapping? each dimension is included in 2 of the 3 products above.

Can you clarify please?

Check the first sentence of the solution.
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i took this measurement as 21 21 31 and 20 20 30 and i computed to get 1671 ,is this approximation okay??

Here it worked because again the options are well spread but your way has one flaw: 1 centimetre for 20 is 5% while 1 centimetre for 200 is 0.5%, so for other similar questions it could give much more skewed result.
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07 Mar 2017, 19:12

So I got E because I thought I had to find the difference between the max and minimum possible values and I see that some people also followed the same logic. ( 201*201*301 - 199*199*299). Was breaking my head trying to see Bunuel's point and then re-read the question only to realize the error in my understanding. :D

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01 Apr 2017, 16:27

Bunuel wrote:

imhimanshu wrote:

The measurements obtained for the interior dimensions of a rectangular box are 200 cm by 200 cm by 300cm. If each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter, which of the following is the closes maximum possible difference, in cubic centimeters, between the actual capacity of the box and the capacity computed using these measurements?

A. 100,000 B. 120,000 C. 160,000 D. 200,000 E. 320,000

The options are well spread so we can approximate.

Changing the length by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 1*200*300 = 60,000 cubic centimeters; Changing the width by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 200*1*300 = 60,000 cubic centimeters; Changing the height by 1 cm results in change of the volume by 200*200*1 = 40,000 cubic centimeters.

So, approximate maximum possible difference is 60,000 + 60,000 + 40,000 = 160,000 cubic centimeters.

Answer: C.

Why is the difference not (201x201x301)-(199x199x299)? Is it because of this wording: "each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter"? Therefore, the difference between the actual and given dimensions can be max. 1cm?

The wording is different from saying that a measurement has a margin of error of 1cm, which would mean that the difference could be +/- 1cm from the given values, correct?

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01 Apr 2017, 18:54

Cez005 wrote:

Why is the difference not (201x201x301)-(199x199x299)? Is it because of this wording: "each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter"? Therefore, the difference between the actual and given dimensions can be max. 1cm?

The wording is different from saying that a measurement has a margin of error of 1cm, which would mean that the difference could be +/- 1cm from the given values, correct?

The question is: which of the following is the closes maximum possible difference, in cubic centimeters, between the actual capacity of the box and the capacity computed using these measurements

The actual capacity will be 200*200*300. So we have to calculate the volume for two cases and determine which case will result in the maximum difference.

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03 Apr 2017, 22:53

dina98 wrote:

Cez005 wrote:

Why is the difference not (201x201x301)-(199x199x299)? Is it because of this wording: "each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter"? Therefore, the difference between the actual and given dimensions can be max. 1cm?

The wording is different from saying that a measurement has a margin of error of 1cm, which would mean that the difference could be +/- 1cm from the given values, correct?

The question is: which of the following is the closes maximum possible difference, in cubic centimeters, between the actual capacity of the box and the capacity computed using these measurements

The actual capacity will be 200*200*300. So we have to calculate the volume for two cases and determine which case will result in the maximum difference.

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You have to maximize the difference and that will be the answer. Comparing different cases isn't the correct approach...

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01 May 2017, 10:49

300*200*200=12,000,000

299*199*199=(300-1)*(200-1)*(200-1) Solve individually we get: (60000-200-300+1)*(200-1) =(60000-500)*(200-1) I have ignored the 1 above in coz we need the approx value

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22 Jul 2017, 18:03

imhimanshu wrote:

The measurements obtained for the interior dimensions of a rectangular box are 200 cm by 200 cm by 300cm. If each of the three measurements has an error of at most 1 centimeter, which of the following is the closes maximum possible difference, in cubic centimeters, between the actual capacity of the box and the capacity computed using these measurements?

A. 100,000 B. 120,000 C. 160,000 D. 200,000 E. 320,000

This problem can be approximated as follows:

1cm change in the length = 1*200*300 = 60,000 1cm change in width = 200*1*300 = 60,000 1cm change in height = 200:200*1 = 40,000

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imhimanshu wrote:

Hello Bunuel, Sorry, but I dont understand the solution. I thought,since it is given that the dimensions have at most an error of 1 cm. So maximum possible difference in volume would be: (201* 201 * 301) - (200 *200*300). Pls suggest what i am doing wrong.

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Yes, that's correct. But the way I suggested gives and approximate answer which is much easier to calculate than (201*201*301) - (200*200*300)= 160,701.

Yep. The numbers themselves and "closest to maximum" suggest finding a simple way and approximation does just that.
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