The height of a cone is 20 cm. A small cone is cut off from the top by a plane parallel to the base. If its volume be 1/125 of the volume of the original cone, determine at what height above the base the section is made.
We have the following situation as shown in the figure
Let VAB be a cone of height h1 = VO1 =20cm. Then from the symmetric triangles VO 1A and VOA1, we have
It is given that, volume of the cone VA1O is`1/125`times the volume of the cone VAB. Hence, we have
⇒ VO3 = 16 x 4
⇒ VO = 4
Hence, the height at which the section is made is 20 − 4 = 16 cm.