



 
Hi Zach. Write down what you know. First here are the numbers we know: V = 355 Here is the formula we know: V = πr²h We can substitute in the numbers for the letters we know (I'm putting parentheses  brackets  around them so you can see what is happening): [355] = [3.14] r² [12.2] Now I have an equation (it has an equal sign, so it is an equation) with just one letter in it. So I want to isolate that on one side of the equal sign. [3.14] r² [12.2] = 355 Divide by [3.14] and [12.2] on both sides so that those factors on the left cancel out and r² is left by itself: r² = 355 ÷ [12.2] ÷3.14 r² = about 9.267 We want to know the radius r but we have r² instead. So we need to take the square root of both sides now: √(r²) = √(9.267) r = √(9.267) r = about 3.04 cm I hope this step by step explanation helps! PS: It is important for you to recognize in this question that 1 ml = 1 cm³. If the units were in fluid ounces and inches, you'd definitely have more work to do. Metric makes things quite simple.  


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