Cut the Cylinder

The applet helps observe the sections of a cylinder by a plane. Roughly speaking, the applet displays two objects: a cylinder and a plane that can be controlled with a mouse separately and also simultaneously depending on which of the "radio buttons" at the bottom of the applet is checked.

Objects can be rotated with the left button pressed or translated with the right button pressed. Pressing the left button while the Alt key is down lets one zoom in and away from an object. When the "combined" button is checked the cylinder will move as usual but also together with the plane.

This applet requires Sun's Java VM 2 which your browser may perceive as a popup. Which it is not. If you want to see the applet work, visit Sun's website at, download and install Java VM and enjoy the applet.

What if applet does not run?

The possible sections are circles, ellipses, and parallel lines that may coalesce.

Related material

  • Angles in a Cube I
  • Angles in a Cube II
  • Angles in a Cube III
  • Bimedians in a Regular Tetrahedron
  • Cut the Cone
  • Cut the Cube
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