United States Capital

Ms. Finney's Geometry Project, Washington D.C.
December 15, 2013, by Aviva Intveld

The United States Capitol was originally built in 1793 in Washington D.C., and has been burnt, rebuilt, extended, and restored ever since then. The top of it is a large dome (half of a sphere) which was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, while the bottom consists of a large rectangular prism. This historic building took over $133 million to create. It has been housing meetings of the Senate and House of Representatives for over two centuries, where the two branches come together to discuss and debate different policies and craft our country's laws. The capitol stands as a symbol of determination, skill, and innovation to America.

On top of the dome sits a 19 foot statue of an angelic women called the Statue of Freedom. As the statue is created from many different composite shapes, even some we haven't learned about, it was disregarded in my measurements. I also found the volume and surface area of the dome using the equations for a sphere, and then dividing in half as a dome is half a sphere. All π (pi) was shortened as 3.14 in my calculations as well.

If I were to fill the entire capitol building with water, then it would hold 4,724,099,667 pounds of water!
One cubic foot = 62 pounds of water

Work Cited:

"The Architect's Virtual Capitol." The Architect's Virtual Capitol. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

"Explore Capitol Hill." About the U.S. Capitol Building. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

"United States Capitol - Thornton-Latrobe-Bulfinch - Great Buildings Architecture." GreatBuildings. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

"United States Capitol Dome." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 11 Oct. 2013. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.

"The Weight of Water." The Weight of Water. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Dec. 2013.

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