Problem #2343


The centers of the faces of the right rectangular prism shown below are joined to create an octahedron, What is the volume of the octahedron?

[asy]import three; size(2inch); currentprojection=orthographic(4,2,2); draw((0,0,0)--(0,0,3),dashed); draw((0,0,0)--(0,4,0),dashed); draw((0,0,0)--(5,0,0),dashed); draw((5,4,3)--(5,0,3)--(5,0,0)--(5,4,0)--(0,4,0)--(0,4,3)--(0,0,3)--(5,0,3)); draw((0,4,3)--(5,4,3)--(5,4,0)); label("3",(5,0,3)--(5,0,0),W); label("4",(5,0,0)--(5,4,0),S); label("5",(5,4,0)--(0,4,0),SE); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A) } \dfrac{75}{12} \qquad\textbf{(B) } 10 \qquad\textbf{(C) } 12 \qquad\textbf{(D) } 10\sqrt2 \qquad\textbf{(E) } 15$

This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.

Note: you aren't logged in. If you log in, we'll keep a record of which problems you've solved.

Instructions for entering answers:

  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

For questions or comments, please email