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People who live in isolated or rural areas often have their own tanks that hold gas to run appliances like stoves, washers, and water heaters. Some of these tanks are made in the shape of a cylinder with two hemispheres on the ends, as shown in the picture at right. (A hemisphere is half of a sphere, and the volume of a sphere is found by using .)

The Inland Propane Gas Tank Company wants to make tanks with this shape, but offer different models in different sizes. The cylindrical portion of each of the tanks will be meters long. However, the radius r will vary among the different models.

  1. One of their tanks has a radius of meter. What is its volume?

    Substitute 1 for r in the sphere and cylinder equations.

    Now add the values together.

    V = 4π

  2. When the radius doubles (to meters), will the volume double? Explain. Then figure out the volume of the larger tank with .

    Remember that the radius is being cubed.

    The radius will not double because of the r, r2, r3 relationship.

    Now, see part (a).

    The tank will be 83.776m3.

  3. Write an equation that will let Inland Propane Gas Tank Company determine the volume of a tank with any size radius.

Remember that the total is the combination of a sphere and a cylinder.