I really need someone to help me understand this very clearly:

A hemispherical bowl has an internal radius of 13 cm, and contains water to a maximum depth of 8 cm. Find the volume of water in the bowl. Show all working.

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- May 18th 2006, 01:02 AM #1

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- May 18th 2006, 03:53 AM #2

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Originally Posted by**LilDragonfly**

One way to get the volume of water is by established formulas. One formula is that of a spherical cap,

V = pi(h/6)[3r^2 +h^2] ---------(i)

where

h = height of cap == depth of water here = 8cm

r = radius of base of the cap.

If the center of the circle is at (0,0), the equation of the great circle of the sphere of the inside of the bowl is

x^2 +y^2 = 13^2. -------(ii)

The y of the water level then is -5cm.

So the x of the water level is

x^2 +(-5)^2 = 13^2

x^2 = 169 -25 = 144

x = +,-12cm.

Hence, the radius of the base of the cap here, r = 12cm.

Therefore,

V = pi(8/6)[3(12^2) +8^2] = 661.33pi = 2077.64 cu.cm. ----answer.

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If you are into integration, one way is to place the bottom of the water at (0,0), whereby the center of the great circle of the sphere of the inside of the bowl is at at (0,13), thus, the equation of that circle is

(x-0)^2 +(y-13)^2 = 13^2

x^2 +(y-13)^2 = 169 -----(iii)

Still one way to get the volume of the water in the bowl here is by disc method:

dV = pi(x^2)dy -----where x = radius of horizontal disc, and dy = thickness of the disc.

So,

V = INT.(0-->8)[pi(x^2)]dy -----------(iv)

We express the x^2 into y^2, because of the dy.

From (iii),

x^2 = 169 -(y-13)^2

x^2 = 169 -(y^2 -26y +169)

x^2 = 26y -y^2 -------------(iiia)

Substitute that into (iv),

V = (pi)*INT.(0->8)[26y -y^2]dy

V = (pi)[(26y^2)/2 -(y^3)/3](0->8)

V = (pi)[13y^2 -(y^3)/3](0->8)

V = (pi){[13(8^2) -(8^3)/3] -[0]}

V = 661.33pi = 2077.64 cu.cm. --------------answer.

Another way, using the setup when the center of the great circle is at (0,0).

Same horizontal circular discs.

dV = pi(x^2)dy

Integrate this dV from (y = -13) to (y = -5)

x^2 +y^2 = 13^2

x^2 = 169 -y^2

V = (pi)INT.(-13 --> -5)[169 -y^2]dy

V = pi[169y -(y^3)/3](-13 --> -5)

V = pi{[169(-5) -(1/3)(-5)^3] -[169(-13) -(1/3)(-13)^3]

V = pi{[-845 +41.67] -[-2197 +732.33]}

V = pi{661.34}

V = 2077.66 cc ----------------answer.

- May 19th 2006, 03:49 PM #3

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## Reply to ticbol

Wow, that was a super response. Thank you for that Could I e-mail you with my original answer so that you can let me know what I was doing wrong? This would be a great help to me in the future because I will understand it better. I tried to attach it but the file is too large. Thanks again.

- May 19th 2006, 06:25 PM #4

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- May 19th 2006, 10:50 PM #5

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Ok that is completley understandable. It took a long while to cut down the attachments to size. I'm sorry that the equations appear squashed, I hope that you can still understand it. I have the first part of my working in this message, and the second part as attachments 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Thank you for your quick response.

x² + y² = 13² = 169 = y = √169 - x²

So,

when y = - 5, x² = 169 - (-5)² = 169 - 25 = 144 = x = 12.

Rotate the position of the quarter circle about the y axis between x = 0 and x = 12.

- May 20th 2006, 12:27 AM #6

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Originally Posted by**LilDragonfly**

You got it all correct, except that you forgot that the height or depth of the water is 8 cm only. Your solution is for more than the water in the bowl.

Your dV = 2pi(x)[f(x)]dx is for the whole semispherical bowl. (If the integration is from x=0 to x=12, then a portion of the water volume will not be included, though, because above the water level at y = -5cm, the x is more than 12cm.)

Your dV should have been

dV = 2pi(x)[f(x) -5]dx ---the water level is at y = -5 cm only, remember.

dV = 2pi(x)[sqrt(169 -x^2) -5]dx

So,

V = (2pi)INT.(0-->12)[sqrt(169 -x^2) -5](x dx)

V = (2pi)INT.(0-->12){[sqrt(169 -x^2)](x dx) -[5x]dx}

Blah, blah, blah,

V = 4339.6 -(2pi)[(5x^2)/2](0-->12)

V = 4339.6 -5pi[x^2](0-->12)

V = 4339.6 -5pi[144 -0]

V = 4339.6 -2261.9

V = 2077.7 cc ---------------answer. Same as my findings.

That 2261.9 cc of water is the volume not filled up in the semispherical bowl.

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Ooopps, No, rather, that 2261.9 cc is the volume of the solid cylinder above the water level up to the top of the bowl. I forgot that the dx was from x=0 to x=12 only.

The x for the lid or top of the bowl is 13cm.

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