# volume AND ration - similar shapes

• Apr 4th 2013, 07:56 AM
janvi anish
volume AND ration - similar shapes
Hi,
I was stuck on a question and was wondering if anyone could help me.

A cone is split into two pieces of equal volume. Show that the large cone is about 26% taller than the small cone
Hint: begin by finding the volume scale factor for the two cones

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• Apr 4th 2013, 09:10 AM
ebaines
Re: volume AND ration - similar shapes
Remember that the volume of a cone is equal to 1/3 base area times height. If the height of the taller cone is a factor x times larger than the smaller cone, then the radius of the base of the larger cone is that same factor x times larger as well, because the two cones are similar. This means the area of the base of the larger cone is \$\displaystyle x^2\$ times larger than the area of the base of the smaller cone - do you see whythat is? Consequently the volume of the larger cone is a factor \$\displaystyle x^3\$ times bigger than the volume of the smaller cone. From this - can you determine what the value of x must be be for the larger cone to be twice the volume of the smaller cone?
• Apr 5th 2013, 03:15 AM
janvi anish
Re: volume AND ration - similar shapes
thks..i need to understand it more i think...