**Published on** April 19th, 2013 |
*by What2Learn*

# How to calculate the volume of a cylinder given the height and radius

How do you calculate the volume of a cylinder given the radius of the circle and the height of the cylinder? Using equations to perform this task is a common requirement of Mathematics courses at KS3 and GCSE. This interactive activity will introduce how to use pi to calculate the volume of a cylinder. |

There are plenty of free printable worksheets available for practicing calculating the volume of cylinders but here at What2Learn we believe in the value of colourful interactive activities that give instant feedback. The game shown below starts with a brief lesson explaining how to use a calculator to work out the volume of a cylinder by firstly calculating the area of the circle and then multiplying this by the height of the cylinder. It then moves on to a series of questions that you need to work out the answer to. You can use the on-screen calculator and, if you get it wrong, will be shown how you should have worked out the answer.

**Click here to play the game**. You will need to create a free What2Learn account to access this game if you do not already have one. In addition to this game, your account will give you access to thousands more activities covering most subject areas.

**How does this fit into the courses you might be studying?**

Working out the volume of simple shapes like circles and triangles is a requirement of KS3 Mathematics. It is also included in all GCSE Mathematics specifcations as shown below:

**Edexcel GCSE in Mathematics A – Linear (1MA0)**

GM aa Calculate volumes of right prisms and shapes made from cubes and cuboids. Find the volume of a cylinder.

**AQA GCSE Mathematics (4360)**

Perimeter, area and volume: recall and use the formula for the volume of a cylinder.

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