Lesson 12Edge Lengths and Volumes
Let’s explore the relationship between volume and edge lengths of cubes.
Learning Targets:
 I can approximate cube roots.
 I know what a cube root is.
 I understand the meaning of expressions like .
12.1 Ordering Squares and Cubes
Let , , , , , and be positive numbers.
Given these equations, arrange , , , , , and from least to greatest. Explain your reasoning.
12.2 Name That Edge Length!
Fill in the missing values using the information provided:
sides  volume  volume equation 



Are you ready for more?
A cube has a volume of 8 cubic centimeters. A square has the same value for its area as the value for the surface area of the cube. How long is each side of the square?
12.3 Card Sort: Rooted in the Number Line
Your teacher will give your group a set of cards. For each card with a letter and value, find the two other cards that match. One shows the location on a number line where the value exists, and the other shows an equation that the value satisfies. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
Lesson 12 Summary
To review, the side length of the square is the square root of its area. In this diagram, the square has an area of 16 units and a side length of 4 units.
These equations are both true:
Now think about a solid cube. The cube has a volume, and the edge length of the cube is called the cube root of its volume. In this diagram, the cube has a volume of 64 units and an edge length of 4 units:
These equations are both true:
is pronounced “The cube root of 64.” Here are some other values of cube roots:
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Glossary Terms
The cube root of a number is the number whose cube is . It is also the edge length of a cube with a volume of . We write the cube root of as .
For example, the cube root of 64, written as , is 4 because is 64. is also the edge length of a cube that has a volume of 64.
Lesson 12 Practice Problems

 What is the volume of a cube with a side length of
 4 centimeters?
 feet?
 units?
 What is the side length of a cube with a volume of
 1,000 cubic centimeters?
 23 cubic inches?
 cubic units?
 What is the volume of a cube with a side length of

Write an equivalent expression that doesn’t use a cube root symbol.

Find the distance between each pair of points. If you get stuck, try plotting the points on graph paper.
 and

and

Here is a 15by8 rectangle divided into triangles. Is the shaded triangle a right triangle? Explain or show your reasoning.

Here is an equilateral triangle. The length of each side is 2 units. A height is drawn. In an equilateral triangle, the height divides the opposite side into two pieces of equal length.
 Find the exact height.
 Find the area of the equilateral triangle.
 (Challenge) Using for the length of each side in an equilateral triangle, express its area in terms of .