High School Math : How to find the volume of a sphere

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Example Question #1 : Spheres

What is the volume of a sphere with a radius of ?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the volume of a sphere, you must first know the equation for the volume of a sphere.

In this equation, is equal to the radius. We can plug the given radius from the question into the equation for .

Now we simply solve for .

The volume of the sphere is  

Example Question #2 : Spheres

What is the volume of a sphere with a radius of 4? (Round to the nearest tenth)

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To solve for the volume of a sphere you must first know the equation for the volume of a sphere.

The equation is

Then plug the radius into the equation for  yielding 

Then cube the radius to get

 

Multiply the answer by  and  to yield .

The answer is .

Example Question #3 : Spheres

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:

683π

615π

750π

300π

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 #3 : Spheres

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A typical baseball is  in diameter. Find the baseball's volume in cubic centimeters.

Possible Answers:

Not enough information to solve

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to find the volume of a sphere, use the formula

 

We were given the baseball's diameter, , which must be converted to its radius.

Now we can solve for volume.

Convert to centimeters.

If you arrived at  then you did not convert the diameter to a radius.

Example Question #4 : Spheres

What is the volume of a sphere whose radius is .

Possible Answers:

Not enough information to solve

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to find the volume of a sphere, use the formula

 

We were given the radius of the sphere, .Therefore, we can solve for volume.

If you calculated the volume to be  then you multiplied by  rather than by 

Example Question #5 : Spheres

To the nearest tenth of a cubic centimeter, give the volume of a sphere with surface area 1,000 square centimeters.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The surface area of a sphere in terms of its radius  is 

Substitute  and solve for :

Substitute for  in the formula for the volume of a sphere:

Example Question #6 : Spheres

Find the volume of the following sphere.

Sphere

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the volume of a sphere is:

where  is the radius of the sphere.

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

Example Question #7 : Spheres

Find the volume of the following sphere.

Sphere

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the volume of a sphere is:

Where  is the radius of the sphere

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

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 #8 : Spheres

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

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for volume of a sphere is .

The problem gives us the diameter, however, and not the radius. Since the diameter is twice the radius, or , we can find the radius.

.

Now plug that into our initial equation.

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