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Volume of a sphere

  1. Jun 23, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Show that the volume of a sphere of radius r is

    V = (4/3)πr^2

    2. Relevant equations

    calculus, integration

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have the solution in the book but it's confusing me, I'll attach a picture.


    So I get lost where it starts talking about a cross-sectional area all of a sudden multiplying by ∏. What's going on here?!
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  3. Jun 23, 2013 #2

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    What's the area of a circle of radius r? What if the radius is y instead of r?
  4. Jun 24, 2013 #3


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    Probably a typo - the volume is (4/3)##\pi r^3##.

    The book is using disks that are oriented vertically (the x-axis intersects each disk perpendicularly). The volume of such a disk is its area times its thickness, dx.
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