# Hi I need help?

The dimensions of a gift box are consecutive positive integers such that the height is the least integers and the length is the greatest integer. If the height is increased by 1 cm, the width is increased by 2 cm, and the length is increased by 3 cm, then the larger box is constructed such that the volume is increased by 456 cm3. Determine the dimensions of the original box.

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- llafferLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
You are told that a box has dimensions consisting of positive consecutive integers where the height is the least and the length is the most.

So if we call the width "x", then the others are:

h = x - 1

w = x

l = x + 1

If the height is increased by 1 (now x)

and the width is increased by 2 (now x + 2)

and the length increased by 3 (now x + 4)

the volume is increased by 456 cm³

So let's get expressions for the volumes of both boxes:

V = lwh

V₁ = (x + 1)x(x - 1) and V₂ = (x + 4)(x + 2)x

And we know that:

V₂ - 456 = V₁

So this gives us a system of three equations and three unknowns that we can solve for.

Let's first substitute the expression in terms of V₂ for V₁. Then to simplify things we'll remove the subscript from the V's as we don't won't need them anymore:

V₁ = (x + 1)x(x - 1) and V₂ = (x + 4)(x + 2)x

V₂ - 456 = (x + 1)x(x - 1) and V₂ = (x + 4)(x + 2)x

V - 456 = (x + 1)x(x - 1) and V = (x + 4)(x + 2)x

Now let's susbtitute the expression in terms of x in for V in the first equation to have one equation with one unknown to solve:

V - 456 = (x + 1)x(x - 1)

(x + 4)(x + 2)x - 456 = (x + 1)x(x - 1)

Let's expand and simplify both sides to see where we are at:

(x² + 6x + 8)x - 456 = (x² - 1)x

x³ + 6x² + 8x - 456 = x³ - x

6x² + 9x - 456 = 0

We can simplify both sides by dividing 3:

2x² + 3x - 152 = 0

Now I'll use quadratic equation:

x = [ -b ± √(b² - 4ac)] / (2a)

x = [ -3 ± √(3² - 4(2)(-152))] / (2 * 2)

x = [ -3 ± √(9 + 1216)] / 4

x = [ -3 ± √(1225)] / 4

x = (-3 ± 35) / 4

x = -38/4 and 32/4

x = -19/2 and 8

Since we were told that x must be a positive integer we can throw out the other:

x = 8

Now we can solve for l, w, and h:

h = x - 1 and w = x and l = x + 1h = 8 - 1 and w = 8 and l = 8 + 1

h = 7 and w = 8 and l = 9

The original box had dimensions of 7 cm by 8 cm by 9 cm.

- lenpol7Lv 72 months ago
V = n (n+1)(n+2)

V' = (n+1)(n + 1 + 2)(n+2+3) = V + 456

V = n(n^2 + 3n + 2) = n^3 + 3n^2 + 2n

V' = (n+1)(n+3)(n+5) =

V' = (n+1)(n^2 + 8n + 15) = n^3 + 8n^2 + 15n + n^2 + 8n + 15 = n^3 + 9n^2 + 23n + 15

Hence

n^3 + 9n^2 + 23n + 15 = n^3 + 3n^2 + 2n + 456

'n^3' add out

Hence

6n^2 + 21n - 441 = 0

Factor out '3'

2n^2 + 7n - 147 = 0

Use Quadratic Eq'n

n = { -7 +/-sqrt[7^2 - 4(2)(-147)]} / 2(2)

n = { - 7 +/- sqrt[49 + 1176]} / 4

n = { - 7 +/- sqrt[1225]} 4

n = { -7 +/- 35} / 4

n = 28/4 = 7

Hence the other dimensions are 8, & 9.

Verification

7 x 8 x 9 = 504

&

8 x 10 x 12 = 960

960 - 504 = 456 as required.!!!!!

- 2 months ago
h = h

w = h + 1

l = w + 1 = h + 2

h * (h + 1) * (h + 2) = v

(h + 1) * (h + 1 + 2) * (h + 2 + 3) = v + 456

(h + 1) * (h + 3) * (h + 5) = h * (h + 1) * (h + 2) + 456

(h + 1) * (h + 3) * (h + 5) - h * (h + 1) * (h + 2) = 456

(h + 1) * ((h + 3) * (h + 5) - h * (h + 2)) = 456

(h + 1) * (h^2 + 8h + 15 - h^2 - 2h) = 456

(h + 1) * (6h + 15) = 456

(h + 1) * 3 * (2h + 5) = 456

(2h + 5) * (h + 1) = 152

2h^2 + 5h + 2h + 5 = 152

2h^2 + 7h - 147 = 0

h = (-7 +/- sqrt(49 + 4 * 2 * 147)) / 4

h = (-7 +/- sqrt(49 + 8 * 3 * 49)) / 4

h = (-7 +/- sqrt(49 * (1 + 24))) / 4

h = (-7 +/- 7 * sqrt(25)) / 4

h = -7 * (1 +/- 5) / 4

h = -7 * (-4/4) , -7 * (6/4)

h = -7 * (-1) , -7 * (3/2)

h = 7 , -21/2

h > 0

h = 7

w = 8

l = 9

7 * 8 * 9 = 504

504 + 456 = 960

7 + 1 = 8

8 + 2 = 10

9 + 3 = 12

8 * 10 * 12 = 960

- billrussell42Lv 72 months ago
call the original dimensions x, y, z in order

original volume V₀ = xyz

new volume V₁ = (x+1)(y+2)(z+3)

still have 3 variables, trial and error next

consecutive means choices are:

x y z V₀ x+1 y+2 z+3 V₁ Δ

1 2 3 6 2 4 6 48

2 3 4 24 3 5 7 105

3 4 5 60 4 6 8 192

4 5 6 120 5 7 9 315

5 6 7 210 6 8 10 480

6 7 8 336 7 9 11 693 357

7 8 9 504 8 10 12 960 456

ans: 7 8 9

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- ?Lv 72 months ago
Let the dimensions of the box be L, W and H.

(L + 3)(W + 2)(H + 1) - LWH = 456

But W = L - 1 and H = L - 2

(L + 3)(L - 1 + 2)(L - 2 + 1) - L(L - 1)(L - 2) = 456

(L + 3)(L + 1)(L - 1) -L(L - 1)(L - 2) = 456

Can you proceed from here ?