A cube of 1 m edge length is crushed in order to get small cubes of edge length 1 mm. By which factor does the surface area increase?

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  • david
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    There are created 1000 X 1000 X 1000 or 10^9 new small cubes

    each of these has 6 sides 1mm X 1mm or total 6 mm^2 area for one or a total of 6x10^9 mm^2

    the orig. cube had a surface of 6 X 1000^2 or 6x10^6 mm^2

    6x10^9 mm^2 / 6x10^6 mm^2 = 10^3 or a factor of 1000 <<< answer

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  • 6 months ago




    1000 horizontal slide

    1000 vertical slide

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  • Ian H
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Side length of original cube was 1000 mm

    Just one small cube has of edge length 1 mm.

    Comparison of areas goes as square of side length ratios.

    Surface area for one small cube only is 1/1,000,000 of original.

    There will now be 1000,000,000 small cubes, each of 1/1,000,000 of original.

    That explains why the factor for total surface area increase is 1000

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  • ted s
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    crushed ( ???) or cut ??....1 m = 10³ mm so there are 10^9 cubes of side 1 mm...each having 6 faces

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  • 6 months ago

    The original surface area is 6 m².

    Along each edge:

    1 m = 1000 mm

    So you need to make 999 cuts along each of 3 dimension, for a total of 2997 cuts. Each cut exposes two faces for a total of 2 m² added to the surface area on each cut. So altogether you will be adding 5994 m² for a total of 6000 m² or an increase of 1000 times.


    1000 times

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  • 6 months ago

    crushed? exactly what does this mean?

    Guessing you mean the cube is of sheet metal, and it is cut up and formed into small cubes. But the total area has to be the same, which is 6 m²

    or perhaps the cube is of solid metal (which cannot be crushed) and melted down and formed into smaller cubes?

    the volume stays constant in that case, at 1 m³

    how many smaller cubes are formed?

    first convert volume into mm³

    (1 m³) x (1000 mm/m)³ = 1e9 mm³

    1e9 mm³ / 1 mm³ = 1e9 cubes.

    each has a surface area of 6 mm²

    total area = 6 mm²/cube x 1e9 cubes = 6e9 mm²

    convert original area of 6 m² to mm²

    6 m² x (1000 mm/m)² = 6e6 mm²

    now divide

    6e9 mm² / 6e6 mm² = 1000 ⬅

    next time post a question that makes sense.

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