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Use these equations to help you to calculate the area and volume of your planet.

 

   
 Some basic information:       

=3.14

r = the radius

The radius is the distance from the center of a circle to the line that encloses the circle.

 Here are some circle formulas that might be useful to you

 The Circumference of a Circle
 (the distance around the outside)

  2 p r

 The Area of a Circle
 (the flat surface on the inside)
 
 The Surface of a Sphere
  (the outside of a ball)
 The Volume of a Sphere
  (the space inside a ball)

  How will we use these formulas?

Note how the numbers change in the examples below.

A change in the radius has quite an effect on the other measurements.

The radii are red  in the formulas.

*  means multiplication in the computer.

   

Radius = 2

 

Radius = 1

 

 

 

Radius = .5

Circumference of the Circle

   2 p r

 2 * 3.14 * 2 =

12.56

2 * 3.14 * 1 =

6.28

 2 * 3.14 * .5 =

3.14

Area of a Circle

              

 3.14 * (2 * 2) =

12.56

 3.14 * (1 * 1) =

3.14

 3.14 * (.5 * .5) =
0.785

Surface of a Sphere

4 * 3.14 * (2 * 2) =

50.48

4 * 3.14 *
(1 * 1 ) =

12.56

 4 * 3.14 *
(.5 * .5 ) =

3.14

Volume of a Sphere
(the inside)

 

4 * 3.14 * (2 * 2 * 2) =
              
33.49

 4 * 3.14 * (1 * 1 *1) =
               

4.18

 4 * 3.14 * (.5* .5 .5)=
                    0.52

When you work out the numbers for your own planet, you can use these formulas.

If you let the radius of the earth = 1 you can compare the sizes of the planets with each other without getting entangled in enormous numbers.

Using the radius of the earth = 1, a larger planet might have a radius of, perhaps, 1.3.

A smaller planet might have a radius of, perhaps, 0.75.

Check the page on Statistics on Planets and Moons to get some ideas of possible sizes.

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