Pronunciation: /ˈsɪl.ɪn.dər/ Explain

Click on the blue points and drag them to change the figure.

Manipulative 1 - Cylinder Created with GeoGebra.

A cylinder is a solid with two circular ends (see figure 1).[2] A cylinder can be formed by rotating a rectangle around one of its sides (see figure 2). Click on the points on the sliders in figure one and drag them to change the figure. Click on the blue point in figure 2 and drag it to see a cylinder form from a rectangle.

Cylinder Formulas
V = πr2hVolume
S = 2πr2 + 2πrhSurface area

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One way to create a cylinder (in Geogebra anyways) is to rotate the cylinder about one of its sides.
Manipulative 2 - Cylinder Created by Rotating a Rectangle Created with GeoGebra.

Geometric Net of a Cylinder

A geometric net is a two dimensional shape that folds into a three dimensional figure. Click here for a geometric net of a cylinder that you can print, decorate, cut out and tape together to make a cylinder.


  1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, cylinder. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 53. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
  2. Janice VanCleave. Janice VanCleave's Geometry for Every Kid: Easy Activities that Make Learning Geometry Fun. Trade edition. pp 163-166. Wiley. July 1994. Last Accessed 6/25/2018. Buy the book

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McAdams, David E. Cylinder. 4/16/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC.

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Revision History

4/16/2019: Updated equations and expressions to new format. (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)
6/25/2018: Removed broken links, updated license, implemented new markup, updated GeoGebra apps. (McAdams, David E.)
5/5/2011: Initial version. (McAdams, David E.)
1/22/2010: Added "References", modified manipulative 1 to show volume and surface area, and added a net of a cylinder. (McAdams, David E.)
7/11/2008: Changed images to geogebra. (McAdams, David E.)
5/1/2008: Changed images to geogebra. (McAdams, David E.)

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