Volume & Surface Area Word Problems
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by Caitlin Costello
| 20 Questions
Note from the author:
VSOL (2009) 7.5 word problems
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David and Vanesa built a recycling bin that is 6 feet wide, 12 leef long, and 14 feet high. How much recycling can fit inside of the bin?
Lots of recycling :)
32 cubic feet
648 cubic feet
1008 cubic feet
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The cylindrical canister of a fire extinguisher has a radius of 4 inches and a height of 12 inches. How many cubic inches can it hold inside?
401.92 cubic inches
100.48 cubic inches
602.88 cubic inches
301.44 cubic inches
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A soup can has a diamteter of 8 cm. and a height of 10.5 cm.. How much metal is needed to make the outside of the can?
364.24 square centimeters
2,110.08 square centimeters
527.52 square centimeters
263.76 square cenitmers
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Tyrie'k is wrappng a box that is 5 inches long, 14 inches wide, and 3 inches tall for a freinds birthday. How much wrapping paper will he need to cover the box?
659.4 square inches
254 square inches
210 square inches
21 square inches
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A cylindrical chemical tank is 12 feet high and has a diameter of 45 feet. How many cubic feet of liquid could the tank hold? (Be sure to find the radius before you start)
4,874.85 cubic feet
19,075.5 cubic feet
76302 cubic feet
76,302 cubic feet
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A round swimming pool has a diameter of 15 feet and is 6 feet deep. How much water will the pool hold? (Be sure to find the radius before you start!
4,239 cubic feet
635.85 cubic feet
353.25 cubic feet
1,059.75 cubic feet
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Dwyane is building a sand box that is 6 feet wide, 3 feet long, and 15 inches high. How many cubic feet of sand will the box hold?
56.52 cubic feet
360 cubic feet
270 cubic feet
306 cubic feet
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Donnie is building a rectangular planter, for his garden, without the top. The planter will be 7 inches wide, 16 inches long, and 10 inches high. How much wood is needed to make the bottom and the sides of the planter?
572 square inches
684 square inches
524 square inches
614 square inches
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A rectangular prism has a length of 8 units, a width of 4 units, and a height of 2 units. If only the height is tripled (x3), how does that affect the volume of the rectangular prism?
The volume will be multipled by 3 and will triple
The volume will be multiplied by 1/3 and will be cut by 1/3
The volume will be multiplied by 2 and will double
The volume will not change
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Kimberly is filling a cylinder shaped swimming pool that has a diameter of 20 feet. She fills it with water to a depth of 3 feet. How much water is in the swimming pool? (be sure to find the radius first!)
1884 cubic feet
942 cubic feet
94.2 cubic feet
3,768 cubic feet
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For your first job after graduating from college, you are in charge of developing the packaging for the salt that your company sells. How much paper will he need to completely cover each container of salt that has a height of 14 cm and a diameter of 8 cm. Remember to find the radius first!
452.16 square cm.
100.48 square cm.
351.68 square cm.
703.36 square cm.
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Choose each situation that would use the application of surface area:
Determine the amount of tape needed to cover a decorative box
Determine how much candy would fill a jar
Determine how much frosting would cover a cake
Determine how much ice would fill a bucket
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Cait wants to fill her pool. The height is 14.6 m., the width is 8 m. and the length is 6 m. Which is the closest to the minimum amount of water Cait needs to fill it completely?
504.8 cubic m.
175.2 cubic m.
95.6 cubic m.
700.8 cubic m.
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The volume of rectangular solid is 720 cubic inches. The dimensions of the base are 12 inches by 10 inches. What is the height of the solid?
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Which situation would NOT require finding the volume?
Velasco needs to know how much gas in order to fill his propane tank
Amanda needs to know how much sand she needs to fill her sandbox
Sky needs to know how much wrapping paper is needed to cover her mom's birthday present
Josue needs to know how much candy can fit inside of a jar
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A rectangular prism has a height of 3 inches and a volume of 27 cubic inches. The height of this prism is changed to 6 inches, and the other dimensions stay the same. What is the volume of the prism with this change?
30 cubic inches
54 cubic inches
81 cubic inches
162 cubic inches
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Look at the picture above. Select your answer to the picture (question above) here:

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Look at the picture above. Select your answer to the picture (question above) here:
Rectangular Prism Q
Rectangular Prism R
Rectangular Prism S
Rectangular Prism T
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Look at the picture above. Select your answer to the picture (question above) here:
A
B
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D
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Look at the picture above. Select your answer to the picture (question above) here:
2 times the volume of Rectangular Prism A
3 times the volume of Rectangular Prism A
1/4 the volume of Rectangular Prism A
1/2 the volume of Rectangular Prism A