Sunday, November 24, 2013

How can you make a cone with analytical geometry? Or Pretty Cone Trees!

Cone Sliceform from derived equation
My husband wrote this blog post  with the mathematical analysis and now I am updating it with the PDF's and .Studio files.  Let me husband is taking an analytical geometry course and he gave me the graphs to create this cone. I think he did a fabulous job!
 I love the reflection of the trees in the glossy surface.

I think the cones look terrific as trees with my paper house from a previous post. Don't you agree?

Using the distance formula r^2 = sqrt(x^2+y^2) and the formula for the line in x-z space z=h/a(x) and knowing that the radius r must equal the x value in x-z space, you combine both equations.  This gives you the equation for the surface z = h/a(sqrt(x^2+y^2).  You can change the height to radius using the parameters h and a. 

To create the sliceform, you need three slices in each direction.  Using the golden ratio height/base = 1.6, so height/radius = 3.2. Next, find equations for each slice in z-y space by setting x.  For a six inch height, radius = 6/3.2 = 1.875.  Divide this into four increments of 0.469 inches each to set x.  This gives these four equations in z-y space:

For x=0:           z=3.2sqrt(y^2)
For x=0.469:    z=3.2sqrt(0.469^2+y^2)
For x=0.938:    z=3.2sqrt(0.938^2+y^2)
For x=1.406:    z=3.2sqrt(1.406^2+y^2)
The PDF and .Studio files were created for just one of the trees.  The files will need to be resized if you would like to create a forest of trees like I did in the pictures above.
Here is the PDF of the cone sliceform.
Here is the .Studio file of the cone sliceform.  I used cardstock.


  1. are there directions for putting the tree togethe3r?

    1. There are no directions for putting the trees together. The pieces simply slide together.