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    Oil spill is 6 cubic meters, thickness is 0,002 cu meters. How many kilometers is it?

    I have a problem solving.

    An oil spill is 6 cubic meters, and the thickness is 0,002 cubic meters.
    How many kilometers is it?

    Please show how you solved it! I don't understand

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    Quote Originally Posted by mathhead1 View Post
    An oil spill is 6 cubic meters, and the thickness is 0,002 cubic meters.
    How many kilometers is it?
    I do not understand the question.

    Please double-check to see whether it asks, "How many square kilometers…?"

    Do you know the formula for a rectangular solid?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mathhead1 View Post
    An oil spill is 6 cubic meters, and the thickness is 0,002 cubic meters.
    How many kilometers is it?
    I would expect the problem to say something like this:

    An oil spill covers an area of 6 cubic meters, and the thickness is 0,002 meters.
    How many cubic meters is it?

    A thickness can't be measured in cubic meters (a unit of volume), and there is no length in kilometers that can be determined.

    If the problem is as I suggest, then you can find the volume using the formula V = Bh, where B is the area of the base and h is the "height" (thickness, in this case).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr.Peterson View Post
    I would expect the problem to say something like this:

    An oil spill covers an area of 6 cubic meters, [tex] \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ [/tex] <-------- That would be in square meters for area.

    and the thickness is 0,002 meters.

    How many cubic meters is it?
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    Yes, I didn't correct everything I meant to. Read it as

    An oil spill covers an area of 6 square meters, and the thickness is 0,002 meters.
    How many cubic meters is it?

    So, is that what it really says?

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