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Homework Help: Surface Area of Hollowed Hemisphere - Basic Geometry

  1. Mar 22, 2012 #1
    I need to find the total surface area of the hollowed out hemisphere (picture attached), with an inner diameter of 1.86 cm and what looks like an outer radius (also what I am assuming as height) of 1.25 cm.

    Surface area of a sphere is 4∏r2, so half the sphere is 2∏r2.
    Since the outer hemisphere has a radius of 1.25 cm, its SA is 2∏(1.25cm)2. The inner hemisphere has a diameter of 1.86cm, therefore a radius of .93 cm. Inner hemisphere then as a SA of 2∏(.93cm)2. Adding the two SA, I get:

    2∏(1.252+.932) = apprx. 15.25 cm2.

    However, the back of the book says the correct answer is apprx 17.44 cm2. So what am I doing wrong???

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  3. Mar 22, 2012 #2


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    hi anniecvc! :smile:

    erm :redface:

    what about the ring on the top? :wink:
  4. Mar 22, 2012 #3
    thank you tiny tim! i included it before it and the numbers didn't work out, but now it does, so i must've made a simple calculation error. thanks again.
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