# Graphing polynomials

• May 16th 2007, 09:00 PM
AndrewK
Graphing polynomials
Hi guys!

We had to solve 15 problems for Hw in my math class, but I wasn't able to get these problems... Please help, I have a vague idea how to solve them, but I don't trust my answers. I need this by 9am on the 18th.

1) Find the edge of a cube if an increase of 3cm,, in one dimensione and 6cm in another, and a dec. of 2cm in the third, doubles the volume.

2) How long is the edhge of a wooden cube if, after a slice of 1cm thick is cut from one side, the volume of the remaining solid is 100 cubic cm?

3) The dimensions of a blovk of metal are 3cmby 4cm by 5cm. if each dimension is incresed by the same number of inches, the colume of the block becomes 3.5 times its original volume. How many centimeters were added to each dimensions??

4) A box has dimensions 12cm by 4cm by 4cm. If the first 2 dimnsions are decreased and the other dimension is increased by the same amount.. a second box is formed and its volumje is 5/8 the volume of the first box. Determine the dims of the second box

Thank you so much for all the help!! :)
• May 16th 2007, 09:27 PM
qbkr21
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Post your answers so that we can see the work you've done...:cool:

-qbkr21
• May 16th 2007, 10:20 PM
AndrewK
I only have a soln for no.1, and the answer I got was something like x (the edge of the cube ) = -2.3346.. as you can see, it's a bit farfetchd! :(
• May 17th 2007, 01:52 AM
AndrewK
• May 17th 2007, 03:36 AM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by AndrewK
1) Find the edge of a cube if an increase of 3cm,, in one dimensione and 6cm in another, and a dec. of 2cm in the third, doubles the volume.

Quote:

Originally Posted by AndrewK
I only have a soln for no.1, and the answer I got was something like x (the edge of the cube ) = -2.3346.. as you can see, it's a bit farfetchd! :(

Let x be the length of a side of the original cube. Then the original volume of the cube is V = x^3. Now we know that
2V = (x + 3)(x + 6)(x - 2)

2x^3 = (x + 3)(x^2 + 4x - 12) <-- Multiplying the last two factors

2x^3 = x^3 + 7x^2 - 36

x^3 - 7x^2 + 36 = 0

There is evidently a way to factor this beast, but not knowing how we can only do this numerically (disregarding the Cardano method) and I get:
x = -2, 3, 6

We may disregard the negative solution immediately. So we have TWO solutions:
x = 3 cm gives a rectangular prism l = 6 cm, w = 9 cm, h = 1 cm
and
x = 6 cm gives a rectangular prism l = 9 cm, w = 12 cm, h = 4 cm

-Dan
• May 17th 2007, 03:40 AM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by AndrewK
2) How long is the edhge of a wooden cube if, after a slice of 1cm thick is cut from one side, the volume of the remaining solid is 100 cubic cm?

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Originally Posted by AndrewK