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Problem of the Day #310: The volume of a simply defined region January 23, 2012

Posted by Mitchell in : potd , trackback

Let $\theta$ be a real number with $0 < \theta < \pi$. Let $A$ and $O$ be distinct points in three-dimensional space. Let $S$ be the set of all points $P$ in space with both $OP < 1$ and $\angle AOP <\theta$. Find the volume of $S$ in terms of $\theta$.

(This problem is possible to solve with calculus, but there’s also a very nice solution that avoids it.)

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