#### Question

A metallic right circular cone 20 cm high and whose vertical angle is 60° is cut into two parts at the middle of its height by a plane parallel to its base. If the frustum so obtained is drawn into a wire of diameter 1/16 cm, find the length of the wire [use π=22/7]

#### Solution

In ΔAEG,

EG/AG = tan 30º

`EG = 10/sqrt3 cm = (10sqrt3)/3`

In ΔABD,

BD/AD = tan 30º

`BD = 20/sqrt3 = (20sqrt3)/3cm`

Radius (*r*_{1}) of upper end of frustum = `(10sqrt3)/3 cm`

Radius (*r*_{2}) of lower end of container = `(20sqrt3)/3cm `

Height (*h*) of container = 10 cm

Volume of frustum = `1/3pih(r_1^2+r_2^2+r_1r_2)`

`=1/3xxpixx10[((10sqrt3)/3)^2 + ((20sqrt3)/3)^2 + ((10sqrt3)(10sqrt3))/(3xx3)]`

`= 10/3pi[100/3+400/3+200/3]`

`=10/3xx22/7xx700/3=22000/9 cm^3`

Radius (*r*) of wire = = `1/16xx1/2 = 1/32cm`

Let the length of wire be *l*.

Volume of wire = Area of cross-section × Length

= (π*r*^{2}) (*l*)

=pi(1/32)^2 xx l

Volume of frustum = Volume of wire

`22000/9 = 22/7xx(1/32)^2xxl`

`7000/9 xx1024 = l`

l = 796444.44 cm

= 7964.44 meters