# Volume of a cube versus side length

1. ### emma3001

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Show that the rate of change of the volume of a cube with respect to its edge length is equal to half the surface area of a cube.

I know that surface area= 6l^2(because of the six faces)
I know that volume is l^3. How do I relate volume then to edge length

2. ### Pere Callahan

587

The "rate of change" is the derivative.

So what is the derivative of the volume with respect to the edge length?

3. ### emma3001

42
Thanks! I now realize that the first derivative of the volume is 3l^2, which is half the surface area

587
Right.