Equable Hemispherical Cylinder

EQUABLE HEMISPHERICAL CYLINDER

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Consider the "hemispherical cylinder" consisting of a hemisphere of radius R surmounting a cylinder of the same radius and of height h. There is one such polytope that is equable, with integer-valued surface area sections.

The total volume of the hemisphere and cylinder is V, where

V/π = (2/3)R3 + R2h [1]
The surface area of the hemisphere is Sh, where
Sh/π = 2R2 [2]
The lateral surface area of the cylinder is Sc, where
Sc/π = 2Rh [3]
The surface area of the cylinder base is Sb, where
Sb/π = R2 [4]
The above four quantities are integers by convention. From [1], [2] and [3], we have
so R is rational. By [4], R2 is an integer, and it follows that R is an integer. The equability requirement is
which reduces to
[5]
The numerator and denominator must have the same sign, so
2 < R < 9/2

R = 3 or R = 4

In the latter case, h = 2/3 by [5] but Sc/π = 2Rh = 16/3 is not an integer. However, if R = 3, then h = 3 and 2Rh = 18. Therefore, the only equable hemispherical cylinder has a radius and height of 3, and volume and surface area equal to 45 π.


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