Volume Of A Cone

In these lessons, we will learn:

  • what a cone is
  • how to calculate the volume of a cone.
  • how to solve word problems about cones.
  • how to prove the formula of the volume of a cone.

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Solid geometry is concerned with three-dimensional shapes. The following diagram shows the formula for the volume of a cone. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions on how to use the formula.
Volume of Cone


A cone is a solid with a circular base. It has a curved surface which tapers (i.e. decreases in size) to a vertex at the top. The height of the cone is the perpendicular distance from the base to the vertex.

parts of a cone

A right cone is a cone in which the vertex is vertically above the center of the base. When the vertex of a cone is not vertically above the center of the base, it is called an oblique cone.

The following diagrams show a right cone and an oblique cone.
right cone oblique cone

In common usage, cones are assumed to be right and circular. Its vertex is vertically above the center of the base and the base is a circle. However, in general, it could be oblique and its base can be any shape. This means that technically, a cone is also a pyramid.

Volume Of A Cone

The volume of a right cone is equal to one-third the product of the area of the base and the height.

It is given by the formula:
volume formula cone

where r is the radius of the base and h is the perpendicular height of the cone.

Worksheet For Volumes Of Cones.

Calculate the volume of a cone if the height is 12 cm and the radius is 7 cm.

Volume of the cone

How To Use The Formula To Find The Volume Of A Cone?

This video lesson provides an example of how to determine the volume of a cone.

How To Solve Word Problems Involving Cones?

A Maxicool consists consists of a cone full of ice-cream with a hemisphere of ice-cream on top. The radius of a hemisphere is 3 cm. The height of the cone is 10 cm. Calculate the total volume of the ice-cream.

A scoop of strawberry of radius 5 cm is placed in a cone. When the ice-cream melts, it fills two thirds of the cone. Find the volume of the cone. (Assuming no ice-cream drips outside the cone).

Proof For The Formula Of The Volume Of A Cone

This video will demonstrate that the volume of a cone is on-third that of a cylinder with the same base and height. This is not a formal proof. You would need to use calculus for a more rigorous proof.

Using Calculus To Derive The Volume Of A Cone (Integral)

We use integration to deduce the formula for the volume of a cone.

Try the free Mathway calculator and problem solver below to practice various math topics. Try the given examples, or type in your own problem and check your answer with the step-by-step explanations.
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