Volume of a Cylinder
In this lesson, we will learn about the volume of a cylinder.
About This Lesson
In this lesson, we will:
Learn how to derive the formula for the volume of a cylinder
See an example on using the formula to calculate the cylinder's volume
See an example on using the formula to calculate the height of a cylinder
below will explain more.
If we have a cylinder with the radius
, the volume,
of the cylinder is:
V = π
is a number that is approximately equals to 3.14.
The math video below will give more explanations about this formula. Also, we will see some examples on how to use it.
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Math Video Transcript
00:00:03.060 In this lesson, we will learn about the volume of a cylinder. 00:00:07.090 Let’s start, consider this circle with the radius r. 00:00:12.040 By now, we should already know that the area, A, of this circle is pi r square. 00:00:18.080 Next, let's change this circle into a cylinder. 00:00:22.140 After doing so, this cylinder has the radius r, and the height h. 00:00:29.000 Now, to find the volume of this cylinder, V, we just multiply the area, A with the height, h. 00:00:38.100 Hence, we multiply pi r square, with h. 00:00:43.070 This gives the formula for the volume of a cylinder, V equal pi r square h. 00:00:51.080 Now, it is important that we include the unit for volume. 00:00:55.170 Since the unit is not given, we can write the unit as cubic unit. 00:01:01.210 Alright, let's see some examples on finding the volume of a cylinder. For these examples, we take pi as 3.14. 00:01:11.200 Find the volume of this cylinder which has the radius 3cm and the height 5cm. 00:01:18.140 Let's start by using the formula, V equal pi r square h. 00:01:24.040 Now, since the radius is given as 3 cm, we can substitute 'r' with 3. 00:01:31.140 Next, let's simplify 3 square. Here, we can see that 3 square equals to 3 multiply by 3. This gives 9. Let's write this down here. 00:01:46.180 Let's continue. The height h is given as 5 cm. Hence, we can substitute h with 5. 00:01:54.240 Now, we can simplify this equation by multiplying 9 with 5. This gives 45. 00:02:02.220 Next, pi is given as 3.14. So, let's substitute pi with 3.14. 00:02:12.140 Finally, we can find the volume by multiplying 3.14 with 45. This gives 141.30. 00:02:23.110 Note that, this number has no meaning unless we include the unit for it. 00:02:28.190 Since the radius and height are in centimeter, the volume will be in cubic centimeter. 00:02:34.200 Hence, the volume of this cylinder is 141.30 cubic centimeter. 00:02:42.130 Next example, the volume of this cylinder is 50 cubic ft and its radius is 2ft. Find its height, h. 00:02:51.180 Now, let's begin with the formula, V = pi r square h. 00:02:57.130 Since the volume of the cylinder is given as 50, we can substitute V with 50. 00:03:03.230 Next, since the radius is given as 2, we can substitute r with 2. 00:03:10.050 Now, let's simplify 2 square. 2 square is actually, 2 multiply by 2 which is equals to 4. Let's write this down here. 00:03:22.120 Next, we can substitute pi with 3.14. 00:03:27.120 Here, we can simplify this equation by multiplying 3.14 with 4. 00:03:33.120 This gives 12.56. 00:03:36.240 Now, we have 12.56 h equals to 50. Let's rewrite this equation so it will be easier to see. 00:03:46.230 Next, to solve for 'H', we divide both sides of the equation with 12.56. 00:03:54.140 This gives, h equals to, 50 divided by 12.56. 00:04:01.180 Now, we can find h by dividing 50 with 12.56. This gives 3.98. 00:04:10.180 Again, this number has no meaning unless we include the unit for it. 00:04:15.180 Since the radius is in feet, the height of the cylinder will also be in feet. 00:04:21.060 Hence, the height of the cylinder is 3.98 ft. 00:04:27.090 That is all for this lesson. Try out the practice question to test your understanding.
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