Visualizing Solid Figures 5

To end this series of posts on visualizing solid figures, we will look at a problem that relates to how volumes of solid figures are formed. It has 5 parts which will be presented first. Then the solution will be given. Consider the region in the first quadrant bounded by the graphs of the parabola…

Visualizing Solid Figures 4

Volume by the method of “Cylindrical Shells” Today I will show you how to visualize the cylindrical shells used in computing the volume using Winplot. Winplot is a free program. Click here for Winplot and here for Winplot for Macs. For the example I will use the same situation as in the last post. This…

Visualizing Solid Figures 3

Volume by “Washers” Today I will show you how to visualize not just the solid figures but the disks and washers used in computing the volume using Winplot. The next post will show how to draw shells. Winplot is a free program. Click here for Winplot and here for Winplot for Macs. For the example we’ll…

Visualizing Solid Figures 2

You have probably caught on by now that Winplot is my favorite computer graphing program. In addition to being great at drawing a quick graph, it is able to produce and rotate 3D images of, among other things, solids of rotation, and solids with regular cross-sections. In this post I will discuss how to do…

Visualizing Solid Figures 1

The shape of various solid of rotation and solids with regular cross-sections of which beginning calculus students are required to find the volume are often difficult to visualize. This post and the next two will discuss some of the ways you can help your students become familiar with these shapes. Teachers often use these as…