### Sphere of radius 26 units: Volume,Area,Zones,Caps,Frustum etc

You are given a sphere of radius 26.0 units.
Units may be any units of length: inches, cm, metres, feet, miles, km. So the radius could be any of 26.0 inches, 26.0 cm, 26.0 metres, 26.0 feet, 26.0 miles, 26.0 km, etc.

A Sphere is a 3D locus of points which are all equidistant from the centre of the sphere.

Volume of a sphere = (4/3) * π * Radius3 =  (4/3) * π * 26.03 =  73622.18 cubic units
Surface Area of a sphere = 4 times the area of its great circle = 4 * π * Radius=  4 * π * 26.0=8494.87 square units

Great Circles and Small Circles

A great circle is a circular ring on the sphere, the centre for which, coincides with the centre of the sphere.
So the radius of the Great Circle is same as that for the sphere.

A small circle of a sphere, is a circle drawn on the sphere, with lesser radius than the sphere itself.

An example of a Zone of a Sphere or Frustum of a Sphere

A zone or frustum of a sphere is The portion of a sphere intercepted between two parallel planes.
Total surface area of a zone or frustum = 2 π R h +  π r12 + π r22
Volume of a zone or frustum =   (3r12 +  3r22 + h2) π h/6 Cubic Units

Consider two parallel planes cutting through the sphere. The first one cuts through 1 unit above the centre. The other one cuts though 2 units below the centre.
What is the volume and surface area of the frustum so formed?

(a) Let's compute the volume.
Applying the Pythagorean Theorem,  r1 √( R2 - h12) √( 26.02 - 12)  25.98 units

Again applying the Pythagoras Theorem,  r2√(R2 - h22) √( 26.02 - 22) = 25.92 units

h = h1 + h2 = 3.0 units

Volume = (3r12 +  3r2+ h2) π h/6 = (3 * 25.9823 * 25.922 + 32) * π * 3/6  Cubic Units = 6361.73  Cubic Units

Curved surface area of the zone = 2 π R h = 490.09 Square Units
Area of the upper base = π r12 = 2120.58 = Square Units
Area of the lower base = π r22 = 2111.15 = Square Units
Total Surface Area = 2 π R h +  π r12 +  π r22 = 4721.81 = Square Units

Mensuration for a Spherical Cap

What is the volume of a spherical cap of height h = 3 units?

As derived here, the required volume = (3R - h)  πh2/3  = 706.86 (substituting h = 3 units and R = 26.0 units)

Height of the geometric centroid above the centre of the sphere = (3 (2R - h) 2)/ (3R - h) = 24.01  (substituting h = 3 units and R = 26.0)

Mensuration for a Hemisphere

Let's cut the sphere into two hemispheres. What is the volume and total surface area, for either of the hemispheres?
Volume of the hemisphere = (2/3) * π * Radius3 = 36811.09 cubic units
Surface Area of the hemisphere = Curved surface area + area of base = 2 * π * Radius2 π * Radius2 = 3 π Radius2 = 6371.15 square units

What is the volume of material used in a sphere of radius 26.0 units a hollow sphere of thickness 2 units?

Inner radius = Outer Radius - Thickness. So the volume of the spherical gap inside = (4/3)π*(Inner Radius)3 cubic units

In that case, the volume of material required will be  (4/3)π*(26.03 - (26.0-2)3 ) = 15716.34 cubic units

### A demonstration of Scale Factors and Similarity

All spheres are similar. Compare this current sphere (A) with a sphere B of radius 13 units. Ratio of radii of A and B = Scale Factor = 2:1, ratio of their surface areas = Square of scale factor = 4:1 and ration of their volumes = Cube of Scale Factors = 8:1. You may read more about scale factors here.

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Geometric Properties of a sphere which is of radius 27: Properties like Surface Area, Volume and other aspects of mensuration.

Geometric Properties of a sphere which is of radius 28: Properties like Surface Area, Volume and other aspects of mensuration.

To understand more about the geometric features and properties of spheres, formulas related to mensuration and the principles of symmetry - you might find it useful to read the properties of a Sphere tutorial over here. Many of these concepts are a part of the Grade 9 and 10 Mathematics syllabus of the UK GCSE curriculum, Common Core Standards in the US, ICSE/CBSE/SSC and NTSE syllabus in India. You may check out our free and printable worksheets for Common Core and GCSE.