FINDING THE VOLUME OF A SPHERE

About "Finding the volume of a sphere"

Finding the volume of a sphere :

We can find the volume of a sphere using the formula of volume of a cylinder. 

When we model the volume of a sphere, we will be getting the following result. 

Volume of cone  =  2/3 · Volume of cylinder

Substitute the formula for volume of cylinder.

Volume of the cone  =  2/3 · r²h

A sphere always has a height which is equal to twice the radius.

So, substitute 2r for h.

Volume of sphere  =  2/3 · r²(2r)

Simplify.

Volume of sphere  =  4/3 · r³

Finding the volume of a sphere - Examples

Example 1 :

Find the volume of the sphere given below. Round your answer to the nearest tenth if necessary. Use the approximate of value of  , that is 3.14. 

Solution : 

Step 1 : 

Write the formula to find volume of a sphere.

V  =  4/3 · r³

Step 2 : 

Substitute the given measures. 

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 2.2³

Simplify.

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 10.648

≈  44.6

Hence, the volume of the given sphere is about 44.6 cubic cm.

Example 2 :

Find the volume of the sphere given below. Round your answer to the nearest tenth if necessary. Use the approximate of value of  , that is 3.14. 

Solution : 

Step 1 : 

Write the formula to find volume of a sphere.

V  =  4/3 · r³ ----- (1)

Step 2 : 

To find the volume, we need the radius of the sphere. But, the diameter is given, that is  42 cm. So, find the radius. 

r  =  diameter / 2

r  =  42/2

r  =  21

Step 3 : 

Plug ∏ ≈  3.14 and r = 21 in (1).

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 21³

Simplify.

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 9261

≈  38,772.7

Hence, the volume of the given sphere is about 38,772.7 cubic cm. 

Example 3 :

Find the volume of the sphere given below. Round your answer to the nearest tenth if necessary. Use the approximate of value of  , that is 3.14. 

Solution : 

Step 1 : 

Write the formula to find volume of a sphere.

V  =  4/3 · r³ ----- (1)

Step 2 : 

To find the volume, we need the radius of the sphere. But, the height is given, that is  12 cm. 

We know that the height of a sphere equals twice the radius. 

That is, 

h  =  2r

Plug h = 12.

12  =  2r

Divide both sides by 2. 

12/2  =  2r/2

6  =  r

Step 3 : 

Plug ∏ ≈  3.14 and r = 6 in (1).

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 6³

Simplify.

≈  4/3 · 3.14 · 216

≈  904.3

Hence, the volume of the given sphere is about 904.3 cubic cm. 

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