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

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

In terms of , give the volume, in cubic inches, of a spherical water tank with a diameter of 20 feet.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

20 feet =  inches, the diameter of the tank; half of this, or 120 inches, is the radius. Set , substitute in the volume formula, and solve for :

 cubic inches

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

A sphere has diameter 3 meters. Give its volume in cubic centimeters (leave in terms of ).

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

The diameter of 3 meters is equal to  centimeters; the radius is half this, or 150 centimeters. Substitute  in the volume formula:

 cubic centimeters

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

A spherical buoy has a radius of 5 meters. What is the volume of the buoy?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

A spherical buoy has a radius of 5 meters. What is the volume of the buoy?

To find the volume of a sphere, use the following formula:

 

All we have to do is plug in 5 meters and simplify:

Example Question #4 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

You have a ball with a radius of  12 cm, what is its volume?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

You have a ball with a radius of  12 cm, what is its volume?

The volume of a sphere can be found via the following formula:

We know our radius, so all we need to do is plug in and simplify:

So we have our answer:

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

You have a wooden ball which you are going to paint. If the radius is 12 inches, what is the volume of the ball?

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

You have a wooden ball which you are going to paint. If the radius is 12 inches, what is the volume of the ball?

Alright, let's begin with the volume of a sphere formula:

Now, plug in 12 and simplify:

Example Question #6 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

Find the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 6cm.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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

where r is the radius of the sphere.

 

Now, we know the diameter of the sphere is 6cm.  We also know that the diameter is two times the radius.  Therefore, the radius is 3cm. 

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

Now, before we continue, we can simplify.  The 3 and the 27 can both be divided by 3.  We get

Example Question #7 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

Find the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 12in.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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

where r is the radius of the sphere.

 

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

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

Now, we can simplify before we multiply to make things easier. The 3 and a 6 can both be divided by 3.  So, we get

Example Question #8 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

Find the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 18in.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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

where r is the radius of the sphere.

 

Now, we know the diameter of the sphere is 18in.  We also know the diameter is two times the radius.  Therefore, the radius is 9in.

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

Now, we can simplify before we multiply to make things easier. The 3 and a 9 can both be divided by 3.  So, we get

Example Question #9 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

Find the volume of a sphere with a diameter of 6cm.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

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

where r is the radius of the sphere. 

Now, we know the diameter of the sphere is 6cm. We also know the diameter is two times the radius. Therefore, the radius is 3cm.  

So, we get

Example Question #10 : How To Find The Volume Of A Sphere

Find the volume of a sphere with the radius of .

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

Write the formula to find the volume of a sphere.

Substitute the radius into the formula.

Evaluate the equation.

The answer is:  

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