# GRE Math : How to find the length of an edge of a cube

## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : How To Find The Length Of An Edge Of A Cube

Quantity A: The length of a side of a cube with a volume of  .

Quantity B: The length of a side of a cube with surface area of  .

Which of the following is true?

Quantity A is larger.

Quantity B is larger.

The relationship between the two quantities cannot be determined.

The two quantities are equal

The two quantities are equal

Explanation:

Recall that the equation for the volume of a cube is:

Since the sides of a cube are merely squares, the surface area equation is just  times the area of one of those squares:

So, for our two quantities:

Quantity A

Use your calculator to estimate this value (since you will not have a square root key). This is .

Quantity B

First divide by :

Therefore,

Therefore, the two quantities are equal.

### Example Question #2 : Cubes

What is the length of an edge of a cube with a surface area of ?

Explanation:

The surface area of a cube is made up of  squares. Therefore, the equation is merely  times the area of one of those squares.  Since the sides of a square are equal, this is:

, where  is the length of one side of the square.

For our data, we know:

This means that:

Now, while you will not have a calculator with a square root key, you do know that . (You can always use your calculator to test values like this.) Therefore, we know that . This is the length of one side

### Example Question #3 : Cubes

If a cube has a total surface area of  square inches, what is the length of one edge?

There is not enough information given.