how to derive surface area of a sphere

Asked by sahil.95rana | 14th Nov, 2009, 06:37: AM

Expert Answer:

We were going to estimate the surface area of a sphere.

1. find the circumference of your orange with the ribbon. Be accurate.
2. using this measurement and prior knowledge, find the radius of the sphere.
3. with the compass draw 6 or so circles with that radius.
4. peel the orange and fill as many circles completely as you can.(only the "orange" part is the surface area)
It was great, we fit exactly 4 circles, (which are of area pi*radius*radius), so we had an estimate of the surface area.

Answered by  | 16th Nov, 2009, 10:06: AM

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