ISEE Upper Level Math : How to find the volume of a cone

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Cones

A cone has height 18 inches; its base has radius 4 inches. Give its volume in cubic feet (leave in terms of  )

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Convert radius and height from inches to feet by dividing by 12:

Height: 18 inches =  feet

Radius: 4 inches = 

The volume of a cone is given by the formula

Substitute :

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

A cone has height 240 centimeters; its base has radius 80 centimeters. Give its volume in cubic meters.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Convert both dimensions from centimeters to meters by dividing by 100:

Height: 240 centimeters =   meters.

Radius: 80 centimeters =  meters.

Substitute  in the volume formula:

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

Give the volume of a cone whose height is 10 inches and whose base is a circle with circumference  inches. 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

A circle with circumference  inches has as its radius 

 inches.

The area of the base is therefore

 square inches.

To find the volume of the cone, substitute  in the formula for the volume of a cone:

 cubic inches

Example Question #4 : Cones

The height of a cone and the radius of its base are equal. The circumference of the base is  inches. Give its volume.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

A circle with circumference  inches has as its radius 

 inches.

The height is also  inches, so substitute  in the volume formula for a cone:

 cubic inches

Example Question #5 : Cones

You are an architect designing a cone shaped structure. If the structure will be 30 ft tall and 10 feet wide at the base, what will the volume of the structure be?

 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

You are an architect designing a cone shaped structure. If the structure will be 30 ft tall and 10 feet wide at the base, what will the volume of the structure be?

Begin by using the formula for volume of a cone:

Now, we simply need to plug in our knowns.

We know the height is 30 ft.

We know that the diameter is 10ft, however, we need the radius.

Divide 10 by 2 to get a radius of 5 ft.

Now, let's go....

Example Question #6 : Cones

Find the volume of a cone with the following measurements:

  • diameter = 12in
  • height = 6in
Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the volume of a cone, we will use the following formula:

where r is the radius and h is the height of the cone.

 

Now, we know the diameter of the cone is 12in.  We also know the diameter is two times the radius.  Therefore, the radius is 6in.

We know the height of the cone is 6in.

Knowing all of this, we can substitute into the formula.  We get

Example Question #7 : Cones

Find the volume of a cone with the following measurements:

Diameter:  14in
Height:  9in

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the volume of a cone, we will use the following formula:

where r is the radius and h is the height of the cone.

 

Now, we know the diameter of the cone is 14in.  We also know the diameter is two times the radius.  Therefore, the radius is 7in.

We know the height of the cone is 9in.

Knowing all of this, we can substitute into the formula.  We get

Example Question #8 : Cones

Find the volume of a cone with the following measurements:

  • height:  12in
  • diameter:  6in
Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

To find the volume of a cone, we will use the following formula:

where r is the radius and is the height of the cone.

Now, we know the height of the cone is 12in. We also know the diameter of the cone is 6in. We know the diameter is two times the radius. Therefore, the radius is 3in.  

So, we get

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

Find the volume of a cone with a base diameter of 2, and a height of 10.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the formula to find the volume of a cone.

The diameter is 2, which means the radius is 1.  Substitute the known dimensions.

The answer is:  

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