ACT Math : How to find the volume of a sphere

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Example Question #105 : Solid Geometry

For a sphere the volume is given by = (4/3)πr3 and the surface area is given by = 4πr2. If the sphere has a surface area of 256π, what is the volume?

Possible Answers:

300π

750π

683π

615π

Correct answer:

683π

Explanation:

Given the surface area, we can solve for the radius and then solve for the volume.

4πr2 = 256π

4r2 = 256

r2 = 64

r = 8

Now solve the volume equation, substituting for r:

V = (4/3)π(8)3

V = (4/3)π*512

V = (2048/3)π

V = 683π

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

The specifications of an official NBA basketball are that it must be 29.5 inches in circumference and weigh 22 ounces.  What is the approximate volume of the basketball?   Remember that the volume of a sphere is calculated by V=(4πr3)/3

 

Possible Answers:

434.19 cu.in.

92.48 cu.in.

138.43 cu.in.

3468.05 cu.in.

8557.46 cu.in.

Correct answer:

434.19 cu.in.

Explanation:

To find your answer, we would use the formula:  C=2πr. We are given that C = 29.5. Thus we can plug in to get  [29.5]=2πr and then multiply 2π to get 29.5=(6.28)r.  Lastly, we divide both sides by 6.28 to get 4.70=r. Then we would plug into the formula for volume V=(4π〖(4.7)〗3) / 3   (The information given of 22 ounces is useless) 

 

 

 

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

The radius of a sphere is . What is the approximate volume of this sphere?

Possible Answers:

516\pi

138\pi

20\pi

300\pi

288\pi

Correct answer:

288\pi

Explanation:

Volume=\frac{4}{3}\pi r^{3}

Example Question #107 : Solid Geometry

A cube has a side dimension of 4. A sphere has a radius of 3. What is the volume of the two combined, if the cube is balanced on top of the sphere?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

What is the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 6 in?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the volume of a sphere is:

where  = radius.  The diameter is 6 in, so the radius will be 3 in. 

Example Question #1 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

If the diameter of a sphere is , find the approximate volume of the sphere?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The volume of a sphere =

Radius is  of the diameter so the radius = 5.

or

which is approximately 

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

What is the volume of a sphere with a diameter of  inches? Leave your answer in terms of .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the volume of a sphere we use the sphere volume formula:

First we need to find the radius of the sphere. A sphere has a radius of half the diameter. So we see that .

Next we plug 6 in for our radius and get
 

(don't forget your units).

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

What is the volume of a sphere with a diameter of  (reduce all fractions)?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the volume of a sphere is:
, thus we need to just determine the radius and plug it into the equation. Remember that  and so 

And plugging in we get 

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

What is the volume of a sphere with a surface area of ? (Simplify all fractions in your answer.)

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First find the radius from the surface area set the given surface area equal to the surface area formula and solve for the radius.

Now plug the radius into the volume formula:

Example Question #5 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

If Ariana’s orange has twice the radius of Autumn’s orange, the volume of Ariana’s orange is how many times larger than the volume of Autumn’s orange?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Define the radius of Autumn’s orange as r. The volume of her orange is . Ariana’s orange has twice the radius of Autumn’s, so the radius of her orange is , and the volume is , which is 8 times larger than Autumn’s orange.

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