# Prove volume of a torus equation

how does the formula for volume of a torus work.
is there a proof with integration??

could you use an ellipse?

It's a surface of revolution, so yes, there is a formula (method of cylindrical shells).

tiny-tim
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how does the formula for volume of a torus work.
is there a proof with integration??

Hi brandy! Yes, slice it into horizontal rings (or vertical discs), and integrate. could you use an ellipse?

uhhh? by ellipse i mean, an ellipse is revolved around a circular ring.
sort of like taking a torus and stretching it upward...
get me?

also what could you use a shape like a polygon or something and revolve it around a circle.

how could you would out the volume?

tiny-tim
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by ellipse i mean, an ellipse is revolved around a circular ring.
sort of like taking a torus and stretching it upward...
get me?
also what could you use a shape like a polygon or something and revolve it around a circle.

how could you would out the volume?

ah! got you! yes, you can use any cross-section shape …

if you slice it into horizontal rings, you just need to know the width of the polygon at each height …

and if you use vertical discs, you just need to know the height of the polygon at each width sorry. i kept rewording what i was going to say and i didnt read what i wrote.
so all you need is the x,y positions ???
can you explain how this works??
keep in mind i know nothing AT ALL.

i mean like wat do u do to the points.... to get the volume of revolution

Have you considered using Pappus' centroid theorem?