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Dissected Triangular Prism, Ross Solid #9

Dissected Triangular Prism, Ross Solid #9

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This is the ninth in a series of models illustrating the volume of solids designed by William Wallace Ross, a school superintendent and mathematics teacher in Fremont, Ohio. The unpainted wooden model is a triangular prism with three rectangular sides and a triangular base and top. It separates into three pyramids of equal volume; two of these are identical. A diagram of the dissection appears on one of two paper stickers glued to the model. A mark on one label reads: Triangular Pris [...].
Finding the volume of pyramids was not only important for practical reasons but was central to Ross’s demonstrations for the volume of a cone and of a sphere.
For Ross solids, see 1985.0112.205 through 2012.0112.217. For further information about Ross models, including references, see 1985.0112.191.
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Object Name
geometric model
date made
ca 1895
Ross, W. W.
place made
United States: Ohio, Fremont
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
overall: 15.5 cm x 7.5 cm x 7.5 cm; 6 3/32 in x 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Wesleyan University
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Medicine and Science: Mathematics
Science & Mathematics
Arithmetic Teaching
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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