# Cone

A **cone** (or *circular cone*) is a three-dimensional solid. It consists of a circular base, a point (called the *vertex*), and all the points that lie on line segments connecting the vertex to the base. Thus, the cone is the special case of the pyramid in which the base is circular.

## Terminology

The distance from the vertex to the plane containing the base is the *height* of the cone, and is frequently denoted . The radius of the base is called the radius of the cone and is frequently denoted . If the vertex lies directly above the center of the base, we call the cone a * right circular cone* (or

*right cone*for short). In this case, the vertex is the same distance from every point on the boundary of the base; this distance is called the

*slant height*of the cone, and is sometimes denoted or . If a cone is not a right cone (that is, if the vertex is not directly above the center of the base), we call it an

*oblique cone*.

## Properties

- A cone with radius and height has volume . This is a special case of the general formula for the volume of a pyramid, , where is the volume, is the area of the base and is the height.
- A right cone of radius and slant-height has surface area (the lateral area is , and the area of the base is ).

## Problems

- An ice cream cone consists of a sphere of vanilla ice cream and a right circular cone that has the same diameter as the sphere. If the ice cream melts, it will exactly fill the cone. Assume that the melted ice cream occupies of the volume of the frozen ice cream. What is the ratio of the cone’s height to its radius? (2003 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 13)
- A right circular cone has base radius and height . The cone lies on its side on a flat table. As the cone rolls on the surface of the table without slipping, the point where the cone's base meets the table traces a circular arc centered at the point where the vertex touches the table. The cone first returns to its original position on the table after making complete rotations. The value of can be written in the form , where and are positive integers and is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find . (2008 AIME I Problems/Problem 5)
- A container in the shape of a right circular cone is inches tall and its base has a -inch radius. The liquid that is sealed inside is inches deep when the cone is held with its point down and its base horizontal. When the liquid is held with its point up and its base horizontal, the height of the liquid is from the base where and are positive integers and is not divisible by the cube of any prime number. Find . (2000 AIME I Problems/Problem 8)
- A solid in the shape of a right circular cone is 4 inches tall and its base has a 3-inch radius. The entire surface of the cone, including its base, is painted. A plane parallel to the base of the cone divides the cone into two solids, a smaller cone-shaped solid and a frustum-shaped solid in such a way that the ratio between the areas of the painted surfaces of and and the ratio between the volumes of and are both equal to . Given that where and are relatively prime positive integers, find (2004 AIME I Problems/Problem 11)

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