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Two crystal spheres of diameter x/2 are being packed in a cubic box with a side of x. If the crystal spheres are in the box and the rest of the box is completely filled with packing powder, approximately what proportion of the box is filled with packing powder? (The volume of a sphere of radius r is \(\frac{4}{3}*\pi r^3\).)

(A) 17/16
(B) 1/8
(C) 1/2
(D) 3/4
(E) 7/8

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New post 05 Feb 2018, 09:43
Volume of the cube = x^3

Total volume of the 2 crystal spheres = 4/3 * pi * (x/4)^3 = pi * (x^3)/24 = (x^3)/8

Volume occupied by the packing powder = x^3 - (x^3)/8 = 7(x^3)/8

Proportion occupied by packing powder = Volume occupied by the packing powder/Volume of the cube = 7/8

Answer: E
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