Resources tagged with: Spheres, cylinders & cones

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There are 21 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Spheres, cylinders & cones, you may find related items under 3D Geometry, Shape and Space.

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Fill Me up Too

Age 14 to 16
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In Fill Me Up we invited you to sketch graphs as vessels are filled with water. Can you work out the equations of the graphs?

Immersion

Age 14 to 16
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Various solids are lowered into a beaker of water. How does the water level rise in each case?

Funnel

Age 14 to 16
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A plastic funnel is used to pour liquids through narrow apertures. What shape funnel would use the least amount of plastic to manufacture for any specific volume ?

Cola Can

Age 11 to 14
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An aluminium can contains 330 ml of cola. If the can's diameter is 6 cm what is the can's height?

Efficient Cutting

Age 11 to 14
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Use a single sheet of A4 paper and make a cylinder having the greatest possible volume. The cylinder must be closed off by a circle at each end.

Gym Bag

Age 11 to 16
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Can Jo make a gym bag for her trainers from the piece of fabric she has?

Witch's Hat

Age 11 to 16
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What shapes should Elly cut out to make a witch's hat? How can she make a taller hat?

Make Your Own Pencil Case

Age 11 to 14
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What shape would fit your pens and pencils best? How can you make it?

Paint Rollers for Frieze Patterns.

Age 11 to 16

Proofs that there are only seven frieze patterns involve complicated group theory. The symmetries of a cylinder provide an easier approach.

Which Solid?

Age 7 to 16
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This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.

Packing 3D Shapes

Age 14 to 16
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What 3D shapes occur in nature. How efficiently can you pack these shapes together?

There and Back Again

Age 11 to 14
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Bilbo goes on an adventure, before arriving back home. Using the information given about his journey, can you work out where Bilbo lives?

Peeling the Apple or the Cone That Lost Its Head

Age 14 to 16
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How much peel does an apple have?

Tin Tight

Age 14 to 16
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What's the most efficient proportion for a 1 litre tin of paint?

Conical Bottle

Age 14 to 16
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A right circular cone is filled with liquid to a depth of half its vertical height. The cone is inverted. How high up the vertical height of the cone will the liquid rise?

When the Angles of a Triangle Don't Add up to 180 Degrees

Age 14 to 18

This article outlines the underlying axioms of spherical geometry giving a simple proof that the sum of the angles of a triangle on the surface of a unit sphere is equal to pi plus the area of the. . . .

Mouhefanggai

Age 14 to 16

Imagine two identical cylindrical pipes meeting at right angles and think about the shape of the space which belongs to both pipes. Early Chinese mathematicians call this shape the mouhefanggai.

Volume of a Pyramid and a Cone

Age 11 to 14

These formulae are often quoted, but rarely proved. In this article, we derive the formulae for the volumes of a square-based pyramid and a cone, using relatively simple mathematical concepts.

In a Spin

Age 14 to 16
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What is the volume of the solid formed by rotating this right angled triangle about the hypotenuse?

Three Balls

Age 14 to 16
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A circle has centre O and angle POR = angle QOR. Construct tangents at P and Q meeting at T. Draw a circle with diameter OT. Do P and Q lie inside, or on, or outside this circle?

Ball Packing

Age 14 to 16
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If a ball is rolled into the corner of a room how far is its centre from the corner?