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    Sphere Layout

    Hi I'm new to this forum,tried to do a search but the wording is complicated.

    Anyway I'm trying to find a formula or if there is a mathematical way
    of finding this answer.

    I have a bowl that is 36" in diameter. It is 2" deep at the center.
    If I were to cut it into 8 sections(pies) and layed them flat the
    long sides of the pies would have a curve to them.How do I find
    that curve?Is there an equation that tells you the distance from the curved line on the flat to the straight line when in a sphere?How do I find the length
    of the new curved line?Any help would be appreciated.I need to create
    a bowl out of flat pieces of paper.Hope I made my question clear without
    any diagrams.

    Sil
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    I cannot visualize the problem.
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    How can I cut flat paper into triangles ,so the long sides of the
    triangles meet when I lay the paper in a bowl.The bowl is 36" in
    diameter and 2" deep in the center.Is there a way to find the radius
    of the long sides of the triangle?Does the radius change if there
    are 8 triangles or 10 or 12 to makeup the bowl. Similar to the shapes
    of fabric to create a baseball cap, they are not straight sides of the
    triangle.

    Hope this hepls, Sil
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    You need to know calculus
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