Posted by Anonymous on .
A sphere has five times the volume of a right cone that has a radius of 4.6 cm and a height of 7.7 cm. Determine the radius of the sphere to the tenth of a centimetre.
This question is multiple choice and these were the options:
A. 2.2cm
B. 3.4cm
C. 5.9cm
D. 9.3cm
I was sure it would be 5.9 cm, but I got that marked as incorrect.
This is how I got that answer.
I found the volume of the right cone and got 170.5 cm. Then I times that by 5 and got the volume of the sphere which is 852.5 cm. The formula for the sphere is 4/3*3.14*r^3. So I divided 4 by 3 and times that by 3.14. And I got 4.186666667. Then I divided 852.5/4.186666667 and I got 203.6225114. Then I triple rooted that and got 5.88 which I rounded off to 5.9. What am I doing wrong?

MATH 
Reiny,
vol of cone = (1/3)π(4.6^2)(7.7) = 170.62 (you had that)
so volume of sphere = 853.1099
(4/3)πr^3 = 853.1099
r^3 = 3(853.1099)/(4π) = 203.665
r = cuberoot(50.91625) = 5.88 or their answer of 5.9
check:
sphere: V = (4/3)π(5.88^3) = 853.1099
cone = 170.62
and 853.1099/170.62 = 5.00005 , not bad!
You are correct, They are wrong!