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Last modified on August 3rd, 2023

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Torus

A torus is a unique three-dimensional shape that looks like a donut. Swimming tubes and car or bike tubes are typical examples of the shape of a torus. The diagram below shows the shape of a torus.

Torus

A torus is not a polyhedron as it has no flat faces. It is curved throughout, and it has a hole.

The shape of a torus is formed by revolving a circle in the 3-D space about an axis coplanar to the circle. Another smaller circle is rotating around the bigger circle. The diagram below shows the formation of the shape.

Torus Shape

The smaller circle is said to be the tube. The radius of the bigger circle is often said to be the major radius. In comparison, the radius of the smaller circle is the tube radius or minor radius

Formulas

Surface Area 

We calculate the surface area by multiplying the circumference of the bigger circle (with radius R) by, the smaller circle (with radius r):

⇒ Surface Area (SA) = 2πR × 2πr

The final formula is :

Surface Area of a Torus

Find the surface area of a torus with an outer radius of 9 cm and a tube radius of 3 cm.

Solution:

As we know,
Surface Area (SA) = 4π2Rr, here R = 9 cm, r = 3 cm, π = 3.14
∴ SA = 4 × (3.14)2 × 9 × 3
= 1064.84 cm2

Find the surface area of a torus with an outer radius of 7 cm and a tube radius of 11 cm.

Solution:

As we know,
Surface Area (SA) = 4π2Rr, here R = 7 cm, r = 11 cm, π = 3.14
∴ SA = 4 × (3.14)2 × 7 × 11
= 3036.75 cm2

Volume

The formula is:

Volume of a Torus

Volume (V) = 2πR × πr2 = V = 2π2Rr2

If a torus is cut and unfolded, it will take the shape of a cylinder, as shown in the diagram below.

Torus Shaped Unfolded to Cylinder

The volume of a cylinder is πr2 × length; here the length equals 2πR, where R = major radius of the torus.

Therefore, volume of a cylinder = πr2 × length, here length = 2πR

So the volume of a torus is actually 2π2Rr2

Find the volume of a torus with an outer radius of 12 cm and a tube radius of 5 cm.

Solution:

As we know,
Volume (V) = 2π2Rr2, here R = 12 cm, r = 5 cm, π = 3.14
∴ V = 2 × (3.14)2 × 12 × 52
= 5915.76 cm3

Last modified on August 3rd, 2023

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