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7.3 Day One: Volumes by Slicing Greg Kelly, Hanford High School, Richland, WashingtonPhoto by Vickie Kelly, 2001 Little Rock Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas

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3 3 3 Find the volume of the pyramid: Consider a horizontal slice through the pyramid. s dh The volume of the slice is s 2 dh. If we put zero at the top of the pyramid and make down the positive direction, then s=h. 0 3 h This correlates with the formula:

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Method of Slicing: 1 Find a formula for V ( x ). (Note that I used V ( x ) instead of A(x).) Sketch the solid and a typical cross section. 2 3 Find the limits of integration. 4 Integrate V ( x ) to find volume.

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x y A 45 o wedge is cut from a cylinder of radius 3 as shown. Find the volume of the wedge. You could slice this wedge shape several ways, but the simplest cross section is a rectangle. If we let h equal the height of the slice then the volume of the slice is: Since the wedge is cut at a 45 o angle: x h 45 o Since

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x y Even though we started with a cylinder, does not enter the calculation!

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Cavalieri’s Theorem: Two solids with equal altitudes and identical parallel cross sections have the same volume. Identical Cross Sections

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