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Volume of a Cube

Consider a cube with a side length
Cube with the side length s

The volume of the cube can be calculated by raising the side length to the power of or cubing it.


The volume of a prism is calculated by multiplying the area of one base by the height. For rectangular prisms, this value is found by multiplying the area of the rectangular base by the height of the prism.
A square is a special type of rectangle whose length and width are equal, so the area of a square is found by finding the square of the side length. Similarly, a cube is a special type of rectangular prism whose length, width, and height are equal.
Cube with the side length s
The formula for the volume of a cube can therefore be derived by substituting into the standard equation for the volume of a rectangular prism.