A cylinder is a solid of circular Cross-Section in which the centers of the Circles all lie on a single Line. The cylinder was extensively studied by Archimedes in his 2-volume work On the Sphere and Cylinder in ca. 225 BC.
A cylinder is called a right cylinder if it is ``straight'' in the sense that its cross-sections lie directly on top of
each other; otherwise, the cylinder is called oblique. The surface of a cylinder of height and Radius can be
described parametrically by
See also Cone, Cylinder-Sphere Intersection, Cylindrical Segment, Elliptic Cylinder, Generalized Cylinder, Sphere, Steinmetz Solid, Viviani's Curve
Beyer, W. H. (Ed.) CRC Standard Mathematical Tables, 28th ed. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press,
p. 129, 1987.
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