1957 AHSME Problems/Problem 6

The resulting metal piece looks something like this where the white parts are squares of length $x$:

[asy] fill((0,4)--(4,4)--(4,0)--(6,0)--(6,4)--(10,4)--(10,10)--(6,10)--(6,14)--(4,14)--(4,10)--(0,10)--cycle,grey); draw((0,0)--(14-4,0)--(10,14)--(0,14)--cycle); draw((0,0)--(0,4)--(4,4)--(4,0)--cycle); draw((10-4,0)--(10,0)--(10,4)--(6,4)--cycle); draw((0,14)--(4,14)--(4,10)--(0,10)--cycle); draw((6,14)--(6,10)--(10,10)--(10,14)--cycle); [/asy]

From here, try to visualize the rectangular prism coming together and realize the height is $x$, the length is $14-2x$, and the width is $10-2x$. Therefore, the volume is $x(14-2x)(10-2x)=x(4x^2-48x+40)= \boxed{\textbf{(A) } 140x - 48x^2 + 4x^3}$.

1957 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 5
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Problem 7
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