Volume of a sphere/circle.

  1. What is the formula? I have two problems:

    1. What is the volume of a sphere with a radius of 5.0 m?

    My initial guess was 5^3 = 125, but apparently the answer is 523.6.

    2. The radius of the earth is 6400 km. If the atmosphere is approximately 10 km high, then what is the volume of air around the earth?

    Ok to be honest, I have no idea. I assume you find the volume of the earth, then the volume of a sphere with radius 10 km, and subtract the two... but that goes back to me not knowing the forumla of volume of a sphere :D
     
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  3. Janus

    Janus 2,388
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  4. OK, the general formula for the volume of a sphere is V=(4/3)pi(r^3), where r=radius and pi=3.14 approx.
    Question 1 you just have to simply substitute r=5 into the equation. For Question 2 you find the volume of the earth plus the atmosphere together, having a radius of 6500km, and subtract from this the volume of the earth alone, where r=6400km. Hopefully that helps.
     
  5. Math Is Hard

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  6. It's two spheres but the larger one is the one that includes the atmosphere it would be (6400 + 10)Km and the smaller one would earth's 6400 km radius to ground.
     
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