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<math>\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{1}{8}\qquad\mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{1}{6}\qquad\mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{1}{4}\qquad\mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{1}{3}\qquad\mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{1}{2}\qquad</math> | <math>\mathrm{(A) \ } \frac{1}{8}\qquad\mathrm{(B) \ } \frac{1}{6}\qquad\mathrm{(C) \ } \frac{1}{4}\qquad\mathrm{(D) \ } \frac{1}{3}\qquad\mathrm{(E) \ } \frac{1}{2}\qquad</math> | ||
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− | We can break the octahedron into two [[square pyramid]]s by cutting it along a [[plane]] [[perpendicular]] to one of its internal [[diagonal]]s. The cube has [[edge]]s of [[length]] one so the edge of the octahedron | + | We can break the octahedron into two [[square pyramid]]s by cutting it along a [[plane]] [[perpendicular]] to one of its internal [[diagonal]]s. The cube has [[edge]]s of [[length]] one so the edge of the octahedron is of length <math>\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}</math>. Then the [[square (geometry) | square]] base of the [[pyramid]] has [[area]] <math>\left(\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{2}\right)^2 = \frac{1}{2}</math>. |
We also know that the height of the pyramid is half the height of the cube, so it is <math>\frac{1}{2}</math>. The volume of a pyramid with base area <math>B</math> and height <math>h</math> is <math>A=\frac{1}{3}Bh</math> so each of the pyramids has volume <math>\frac{1}{3}\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)\left(\frac{1}{2}\right) = \frac{1}{12}</math>. The whole octahedron is twice this volume, so <math>\frac{1}{12} \cdot 2 = \frac{1}{6} \Longrightarrow \mathrm{(B)}</math>. | We also know that the height of the pyramid is half the height of the cube, so it is <math>\frac{1}{2}</math>. The volume of a pyramid with base area <math>B</math> and height <math>h</math> is <math>A=\frac{1}{3}Bh</math> so each of the pyramids has volume <math>\frac{1}{3}\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)\left(\frac{1}{2}\right) = \frac{1}{12}</math>. The whole octahedron is twice this volume, so <math>\frac{1}{12} \cdot 2 = \frac{1}{6} \Longrightarrow \mathrm{(B)}</math>. | ||
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Problem
Centers of adjacent faces of a unit cube are joined to form a regular octahedron. What is the volume of this octahedron?
Solution
We can break the octahedron into two square pyramids by cutting it along a plane perpendicular to one of its internal diagonals. The cube has edges of length one so the edge of the octahedron is of length . Then the square base of the pyramid has area . We also know that the height of the pyramid is half the height of the cube, so it is . The volume of a pyramid with base area and height is so each of the pyramids has volume . The whole octahedron is twice this volume, so .
See also
2006 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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