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The Cone

Keywords: Vector Calculus,Surface Integrals


Highlights of the activity

  1. This small group activity is designed to introduce the concept of surface integrals.
  2. Students work in small groups to determine the surface area of a cone.
  3. The whole class wrap-up discussion emphasizes the need to break up the surface into small pieces, and the use of the “Use what you know!” strategy to determine the area of each piece.

Reasons to spend class time on the activity

Simple but illuminating application of (scalar) surface integrals.


Instructor's Guide


Student Handouts


Authors: Tevian Dray and Corinne Manogue
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