    # How many like faces does a cube have?

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## Cube

A cube is a space figure with 6 square faces. It is one of the five regular polyhedra. The faces of a cube are all the same size.

Show ## Characteristics of a cube

The six identical faces of a cube are often categorized as four lateral faces and two bases. An edge of a cube is a line segment formed by the intersection of two adjacent faces. A vertex of a cube is the point of intersection of three edges. A cube has the following characteristics:

• A cube has 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertices. The 6 faces are identical squares. The 12 edges are equal in length.
• Opposite faces of a cube are in parallel planes and any two adjacent bases are in perpendicular planes.
• Any intersecting edges are perpendicular to each other.
• A cube is a regular hexahedron (all six faces are regular polygons) making it one of the five Platonic solids.

## Surface area of a cube

The total surface area, S, of a cube is the area of its six identical faces:.

S = 6·a2

where a is the length of its edge and a2 is the area of one face of the square. ## Volume of a cube

The volume, V, of any prism is V = l·w·h, where l = length, w = width, and h = height of the prism. Since the length, width, and height of a cube are all identical in length, the volume of a cube is:

V = a3

where a is the length of its edge. Example:

If the volume of a cube is 125, what are the lengths of its edges?

Substituting 125 for the volume:  Therefore, the length of each edge is 5. 