Cavalieri principle


Exhibit: table of content

Mathematics Maths21a, Summer 2005
Multivariable Calculus
Oliver Knill, SciCtr 434, knill.harvard.edu
Cavalieris proof of the volume formula for the sphere compares the half sphere of radius L with the complement of a cone in a cylinder of radius L and height L. The cross section of each body at height z has area (L2-z2)1/2. Since the cylinder has volume pi L3 and the cone has a third of this volume, the hemi sphere has 2/3 of the volume of the cylinder.
Please send comments to maths21a.harvard.edu
Oliver Knill, Maths21a, Multivariable Calculus, Summer 2005, Department of Mathematics, Faculty of Art and Sciences, Harvard University