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# What is the ratio of the surface area of a cube to the surfa

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What is the ratio of the surface area of a cube to the surface area of a rectangular solid identical to the cube in all ways except that its length has been doubled?

A. 1/4
B. 3/8
C. 1/2
D. 3/5
E. 2

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: what-is-the-ratio-of-the-surface-area-of-a-cube-to-the-surfa-127459.html
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One side surface area of a cube = x*x = x^2
Total 6 sides = 6x^2

As for the rectangular, Height (H) and Width (W) are same as Cube, x. Only Length = 2x.
L x H = 2x * x = 2x^2 ----> 4 sides = 2x^2 * 4 = 8x^2
W * H = x * x = x^2 ------> 2 sides = x^2 * 2 = 2x^2
Total 6 sides = 8x^2 + 2x^2 = 10x^2

Ratio of cube area to rectangular area = 6x^2 / 10x^2 ----> 6/10 ----> 3/5 (E)
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Can some one draw this for me....

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Mountain14 wrote:

Guys,

Can some one draw this for me....

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What is the ratio of the surface area of a cube to the surface area of a rectangular solid identical to the cube in all ways except that its length has been doubled?

A. 1/4
B. 3/8
C. 1/2
D. 3/5
E. 2

30 second approach:
A cube has 6 faces, suppose each has an area of 1, so surface area of the cube will be 6;

A rectangular solid identical to the cube in all ways except that its length has been doubled is just complicated way of saying that the rectangular solid is built with two cubes, hence it has 4+4+2=10 faces of a little cube (just imagine to cubes put one on another) and thus the surface area of the rectangular solid will be 10;

Ratio: 6/10=3/5.

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