# Proposition 10

Any cone is a third part of the cylinder with the same base and equal height.

Let a cone have the same base, namely the circle ABCD, with a cylinder and equal height.

I say that the cone is a third part of the cylinder, that is, that the cylinder is triple the cone.

For if the cylinder is not triple the cone, then the cylinder will be either greater than triple or less than triple the cone.

First let it be greater than triple.

IV.6

Inscribe the square ABCD in the circle ABCD. Then the square ABCD is greater than half of the circle ABCD. From the square ABCD set up a prism of equal height with the cylinder.

Then the prism so set up is greater than the half of the cylinder, for if we also circumscribe a square about the circle ABCD, the square inscribed in the circle ABCD is half of that circumscribed about it, and the solids set up from them are parallelepipedal prisms of equal height, while parallelepipedal solids of the same height are to one another as their bases, therefore also the prism set up on the square ABCD is half of the prism set up from the square circumscribed about the circle ABCD, and the cylinder is less than the prism set up from the square circumscribed about the circle ABCD, therefore the prism set up from the square ABCD and of equal height with the cylinder is greater than the half of the cylinder.

XII.2

Bisect the circumferences AB, BC, CD, and DA at the points E, F, G, and H, and join AE, EB, BF, FC, CG, GD, DH, and HA. Then each of the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA is greater than the half of that segment of the circle ABCD about it, as we proved before.

I.31

On each of the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA set prisms up of equal height with the cylinder. Then each of the prisms so set up is greater than the half part of that segment of the cylinder about it, for if we draw through the points E, F, G, and H parallels to AB, BC, CD, and DA, complete the parallelograms on AB, BC, CD, and DA, and set up from them parallelepipedal solids of equal height with the cylinder, then the prisms on the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA are halves of the several solids set up, and the segments of the cylinder are less than the parallelepipedal solids set up, hence also the prisms on the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA are greater than half of the segments of the cylinder about them.

X.1

Thus, bisecting the circumferences that are left, joining straight lines, setting up on each of the triangles prisms of equal height with the cylinder, and doing this repeatedly, we shall leave some segments of the cylinder which are less than the excess by which the cylinder exceeds the triple the cone.

Let such segments be left, and let them be AE, EB, BF, FC, CG, GD, DH, and HA. Therefore the remainder, the prism with polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same height as that of the cylinder, is greater than triple the cone.

XII.7,Cor

But the prism with polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same height as that of the cylinder is triple the pyramid with polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same vertex as that of the cone. Therefore the pyramid with the polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same vertex as that of the cone is greater than the cone with circular base ABCD.

But it is also less, for it is enclosed by it, which is impossible.

Therefore the cylinder is not greater than triple the cone.

I say next that neither is the cylinder less than triple the cone,

For, if possible, let the cylinder be less than triple the cone. Therefore, inversely, the cone is greater than a third part of the cylinder.

IV.6

Inscribe the square ABCD in the circle ABCD. Therefore the square ABCD is greater than the half of the circle ABCD.

XI.32

Now set up from the square ABCD a pyramid with the same vertex as the cone. Therefore the pyramid so set up is greater than half of the cone, for, as we proved before, if we circumscribe a square about the circle, then the square ABCD is half of the square circumscribed about the circle, and if we set up from the squares parallelepipedal solids of equal height with the cone, which are also called prisms, then the solid set up from the square ABCD is half of that set up from the square circumscribed about the circle, for they are to one another as their bases.

Hence the thirds of them are also in that ratio. Therefore the pyramid with the square base ABCD is half of the pyramid set up from the square circumscribed about the circle.

And the pyramid set up from the square about the circle is greater than the cone, for it encloses it.

Therefore the pyramid with the square base ABCD and the same vertex as that of the cone is greater than the half of the cone.

Bisect the circumferences AB, BC, CD, and DA at the points E, F, G, and H, and join AE, EB, BF, FC, CG, GD, DH, and HA be joined. Then each of the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA is greater than the half part of that segment of the circle ABCD about it.

Now, on each of the triangles AEB, BFC, CGD, and DHA set pyramids up with the same vertex as the cone. Therefore each of the pyramids so set up is, in the same manner, greater than the half part of that segment of the cone about it.

X.1

Thus, by bisecting the circumferences that are left, joining straight lines, setting up pyramids on each of the triangles with the same vertex as the cone, and doing this repeatedly, we shall leave some segments of the cone which will be less than the excess by which the cone exceeds the third part of the cylinder.

Let such be left, and let them be the segments on AE, EB, BF, FC, CG, GD, DH, and HA. Therefore the remainder, the pyramid with the polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same vertex as that of the cone, is greater than a third part of the cylinder.

But the pyramid with the polygonal AEBFCGDH base and the same vertex as that of the cone is a third part of the prism with the polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same height as that of the cylinder, therefore the prism with the polygonal base AEBFCGDH and the same height as that of the cylinder is greater than the cylinder with the circular base ABCD.

But it is also less, for it is enclosed by it, which is impossible. Therefore the cylinder is not less than triple the cone.

But it was proved that neither is it greater than triple. Therefore the cylinder is triple the cone, hence the cone is a third part of the cylinder.

Therefore, any cone is a third part of the cylinder with the same base and equal height.

Q.E.D.

## Guide

This and the next five propositions deal with the volumes of cones and cylinders. This proposition is fundamental in that it relates the volume of a cone to that of the circumscribed cylinder so that whatever is said about the volumes cylinder can be converted into a statement about volumes of cones and vice versa.

In XII.11, the next proposition, cones of the same height are shown to be proportional to their bases, and therefore cylinders of the same height are proportional to their bases. In XII.12 similar cones are shown to be in the triplicate ratio of the diameters of their bases, therefore the analogous statement holds for cylinders. In XII.14 cylinders on equal bases are shown to be proportional to their heights, therefore the analogous statement holds for cones. And in XII.15 it is shown that equal cylinders are those whose bases are reciprocally proportional to their heights, and as Euclid says, “the same it true for the cones also.”