Sphere

the round, rotationally symmetric shape of the 2D surface of a ball in 3D space

A sphere is a shape in space that is like the surface of a ball. Most of the time, the terms ball and sphere are used as the same. But in mathematics, the precise (exact) definition only allows points in the 3 dimensional space which are uniformly and symmetrically located at a fixed length called radius of the sphere.

An image of a sphere

Examples of these are basketballs, superballs, and playground balls.

A sphere is the 3 dimensional analogue of a circle.

VolumeEdit

The volume (V) of a sphere is given by the following formula

 

where r is the radius of the sphere.

Surface areaEdit

The surface area (A) of a sphere is given by the following formula

 

where r is the radius of the sphere.

Equation of a sphereEdit

In Cartesian co-ordinates, the equation for a sphere with a center at (x0, y0, z0) is as follows:

 

where r is the radius of the sphere.