A round hole is drilled through the center of a spherical solid with a radius (r). The resulting cylindrical hole has height 4 cm.
a)What is the volume of the solid that remains?
b)What is unusual about the answer?
I will use the following variables.
r = radius of sphere
a = radius of cylindar
H = HALF of the height of the hole. So here, H = 2.
h = height of the spherical cap that had been removed off the ends of the cylinder. I hope that made sense.
Simple relationships:
h = r H
r^2 = a^2 + H^2 so a^2 = r^2 H^2
Volumes:
Sphere = 4/3*pi*r^3
Cylinder = pi*a^2*(2H) = 2*pi*a^2*H
Cap = 1/3*pi*h^2(3rh)
Lets find all of those equations just in terms of r and H, since that is all that we are really given.
Cylinder = 2*pi*a^2*H = 2*pi*H*(r^2 H^2)
Cap = 1/3*pi*(r H)^2*[3r (r H)]
= 1/3*pi*(r^2 2rH + H^2)(2r + H)
= 1/3*pi*(2r^3 + r^2*H 4r^2*H 2r*H^2 + 2r*H^2 + H^2)
= 1/3*pi*(2r^3 3r^2*H + H^3)
Alrighty, now the volume of the remaining solid is simply:
Solid volume = (V Sphere) (V Cylinder) 2*(V Spherical Cap)
V = 4/3*pi*r^3 2*pi*H(r^2 H^2) 2/3*pi*(2r^3 3r^2*H + H^3)
= pi/3[4r^3 6H(r^2 H^2) 2(2r^3 3r^2*H + H^3)]
= pi/3[4r^3 6H*r^2 + 6H^3 4r^3 + 6r^2*H 2H^3]
= pi/3(4H^3) = 4/3*pi*H^3
So the answers are

4/3*pi*H^3 = 4/3*pi*(2cm)^3 = 32/3*pi cm^3= 33.51 cm^3

I dont know if it is unusual, but the volume of the solid doesnt depend at all on the radius of the initial sphere. As the radius of the sphere gets larger, you are just taking out a much larger cap than before (and not just proportionally larger, I dont think). Also, the volume of the solid left over is equivalent to a sphere with radius = H, which is interesting if not unusual.

Posted by nikki
on 20040823 10:45:33 