### Volume of a Cube #### Lesson Objective

In this lesson, we will learn about the volume of a cube. This lesson will explain the following:

• How to derive the formula for the volume of a cube
• Using the formula to calculate the cube's volume
• Using the volume formula to calculate the length of each side (edge) of a cube

The study tips and math video below will explain more. ### Study Tips #### Tip #1

In the last lesson, we learned that the volume (V) of a rectangular solid can be calculated by multiplying the width (W), length (L) and height (H) of the solid together. The formula is shown below:

V = WLH

Now, a cube is a special form of a rectangular solid because the sides (edges) of the cube have the same length. Therefore, if the length of a side of the cube is L, the width, length and height will have the length L.

With this, we can derive the formula for the volume of a cube as shown below: Hence, we have the formula:

V = L3

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In this lesson, we will learn how to find the volume of a cube.

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First, consider this square with each side, with the length, L.

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Now, we should already know that the area, A of this square is LxL.

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Next, let's change this square into a cube.

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Note that, all the sides of a cube have the same length, L.

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To find the volume of the cube, we just need to multiply the area, A with L.

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Hence, by multiplying these three 'L's together, we get L cube.

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Therefore, the formula for the volume is, V = L cube.

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Now, it is important that we include the unit for volume.

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Since the unit for L is not given, we can write the unit for this volume as cubic unit.

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Alright, let's take a look at some examples on how to find the volume of a cube.

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Find the volume of this cube when the length of each side is 5cm.

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To solve this, we need to use the formula, V = L cube.

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Now, since we know the length of each side of this cube is 5cm, we can substitute L with 5.

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Next, 5 to the power of 3 is equals to, 5 multiply by 5 multiply by 5. This gives 125. Let's write it here.

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Now, we have the volume as 125. Note that, this number is meaningless, unless we include the unit for it.

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Since the unit for the length is in centimeter, the unit for the volume will be cubic centimeter.

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Hence, the volume is 125 cubic cm.

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Next example, if the volume of the cube is 8 cubic ft, find the length of each side.

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Now, let's start with the formula, V equals to L cube, where 'L' is the length of each side.

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Since the volume of the cube is 8, we can substitute V with 8.

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So, now we have, 8 = L cube.

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To find 'L', we can see that since 8 is equals to 'L' cube, L can be found by calculating the cube root of 8.

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Before we continue, let's rewrite this equation properly by swapping these terms.

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Next, cube root of 8 is 2. So we have, L equals to 2.

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Now, this number is meaningless, unless we include the unit for it.

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Since the volume is in cubic feet, the length of the sides will be in feet.

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Hence, the length of the sides is L = 2 ft.

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That is all for this lesson. Try out the practice question to test your understanding.

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