# Pyramid question A pyramid has a square base with sides of length 1 and has lateral faces that are equilateral triangles.

A cube is placed within the pyramid so that one face is on the base of the pyramid and its opposite face has all its edges on the lateral faces of the pyramid.

Find volume of this cube. Note by Piyushkumar Palan
6 years, 10 months ago

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Hi, check that a smaller square pyramid is being formed at the top having side same as that of cube (say $s$),

Now, height of pyramid = $\frac{s}{\sqrt{2}}$

Now height from top to bottom = $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$,

Hence,

$s + \frac{s}{\sqrt{2}} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$

Solve to get volume = $s^3 \approx 0.07106$ cu. unit

- 6 years, 10 months ago

Yes...

thats $\boxed{5\sqrt2 - 7} ..$ thats the answer

Thanks ..

- 6 years, 10 months ago

let the horizontal side of the cube at the top equals x

let the vertical side of the cube equals y

let the height of the pyramid is $h = 1/\sqrt{2}$

now x divides the lateral sides of the pyramid to two lengths ,let the top length equals k and the bottom length M

$x = k$

since the base sides equals lateral sides of the pyramid is 1

Now y divides the lateral side of the cube to two lengths ,M and K

$y/h = M$

$y = M/\sqrt{2}$

$x = y$

then$k = M/\sqrt{2}$

$M+k = 1$

$k + k*\sqrt{2}= 1$

$x/1 = k/1$

$x = k/(k+k*\sqrt{2})$

$x = 1/(1+\sqrt{2})$

- 6 years, 9 months ago

(Need Help)How to find the side of a regular tetrahedron which is inside a sphere of radius ' r ', Exactly fitting? Just as a triangle has circumcircle, say the Tetrahedron has a CIRCUMSPHERE...

- 6 years, 10 months ago

Aditya, i ve moved yours and more of mine questions on 3D geometry in New Discussion

- 6 years, 10 months ago

Thank u very much sir :)

- 6 years, 9 months ago

the answer is 0.0999 cubic units... let me know whether it is correct or not thanks in advance.

- 6 years, 10 months ago

no sunny ... Jatin has got it right

- 6 years, 10 months ago