# Thread: Prove surface area of cuboid.

1. ## Prove surface area of cuboid.

A cuboid has a volume of $8 m^3$. The base of the cuboid is square with sides of length x metres. the sureface area of the cuboid is $A m^2$.
Show that $A=2x^2+\frac{32}{x}$
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2. Originally Posted by BabyMilo
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The side lengths are $x, x, y$.

The volume is

$V = x^2y$

So $8 = x^2y$

$y = \frac{8}{x^2}$.

The surface area is

$TSA = 2x^2 + 4xy$

So $A = 2x^2 + 4xy$

$A = 2x^2 + 4x\left(\frac{8}{x^2}\right)$

$A = 2x^2 + \frac{32}{x}$.

3. Originally Posted by BabyMilo
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What is known:

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$V = 8m^3$
square base.

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$A_s = Am^2$
Use the formula for the volume of a cube, given that you have a square base an $x^2$ term should appear. It will be easiest to introduce a new variable for the height - $h$ in my case.

Spoiler:
$V = x^2h = 8 \: \: \rightarrow \: \: h = \frac{8}{x^2}$ where $h$ is the height of the cuboid

You can now get an expression for the surface area given that it is equal to the sum of it's faces. If you draw a diagram you should be able to find the expression more easily.

Spoiler:
$A = 2x^2 + 4xh$

You have simultaneous equations to solve now. Eliminate h as it's not being asked for and get the expression for A

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