# SOLUTION: Use the information about a pair of similar solids to find all possible values of x: Scale factor is 1:2; Volume ration is x-2:x^2-1

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 Question 2837: Use the information about a pair of similar solids to find all possible values of x: Scale factor is 1:2; Volume ration is x-2:x^2-1 Answer by khwang(438)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website! For the two similar solids, the scalar factor 1:2 means their ratio in length. Hence, their ratio in volume should be 1^3:2^3 = 1:8. Now, we have (x-2):(x^2-1) = 1:8, So, x^2-1 = 8(x-2), or x^2- 8x + 15 = 0. Factoring (x-3)(x-5) = 0, we have x=3 or 5. Kenny