# Difference between revisions of "2013 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 18"

## Problem

Isabella uses one-foot cubical blocks to build a rectangular fort that is 12 feet long, 10 feet wide, and 5 feet high. The floor and the four walls are all one foot thick. How many blocks does the fort contain?

--Arpanliku 16:22, 27 November 2013 (EST) Courtesy of Lord.of.AMC $\textbf{(A)}\ 204 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 280 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 320 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 340 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 600$

## Solution 1

There are $10 \cdot 12 = 120$ cubes on the base of the box. Then, for each of the 4 layers above the bottom (as since each cube is 1 foot by 1 foot by 1 foot and the box is 5 feet tall, there are 4 feet left), there are $9 + 11 + 9 + 11 = 40$ cubes. Hence, the answer is $120 + 4 \cdot 40 = \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 280}$.

## Solution 2

We can just calculate the volume of the prism that was cut out of the original $12\times 10\times 5$ box. Each interior side of the fort will be $2$ feet shorter than each side of the outside. Since the floor is $1$ foot, the height will be $4$ feet. So the volume of the interior box is $10\times 8\times 4=320\text{ ft}^3$.

The volume of the original box is $12\times 10\times 5=600\text{ ft}^3$. Therefore, the number of blocks contained in the fort is $600-320=\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 280}$.

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