Volume = 8 cm^{3}
Volume = 1331 mm^{3}
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Hint: If you don't have a calculator with a cube root function here are the keys
you would need to press to find the cube root of 1331:
1331^(1÷3)
This works because raising a number to the power one third is equivalent to finding the cube root of the number.
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There is a simple method to compute the cube roots using a nonscientific calculator, which requires only the multiplication and square root buttons. No memory is required. The following method is used:
This process is continued until the number does not change when the multiplication button is pressed, since the repeated square root gives 1 (this means that the solution has been determined to as many significant digits as the calculator can handle). Then, press the square root button one last time. At this point an approximation of the cube root of the original number will be shown in the display.
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