As kids, one of the most joyful occasions used to be our birthdays; which still remains joyful for all the kids. Kids love the feeling of standing behind the cake, wearing birthday caps, and smiling all their hearts out at the cameras. Isn’t it? Some kids make their birthday caps themselves with colourful sheets, origami paper, etc. Little do they know that it is right at the moment that geometrical shapes come into play. The birthday cap is conical in shape.
Our homes, items of daily use, and whatever we come across has one geometrical shape or the other. A number of cone-shaped pieces of equipment and instruments are present in our homes, place we work, laboratories, etc.
Let’s understand more about cones and its examples in real life.
Cone is a three-dimensional geometrical structure that tapers smoothly from flat base to a point called apex or vertex.
1. Ice-Cream Cones
These are the most familiar cones known to every child across the globe. They are made in a conical shape which has a broader face towards the upper side for stuffing ice-cream and a tapered side towards the lower end.
2. Birthday Caps
Children always glisten while wearing a birthday cap. Decorated and colourful birthday caps form yet another example of cones in daily life.
Prisms occupy an important place in optics. A triangular prism is used widely in the physics lab for studying the basics of optics. The students are made familiar to refraction laws by demonstrating them the bending of light with the use of a prism.
4. Traffic Cones
The orange and white coloured cones that we see on roads and, sometimes, also in the playing field are in the shape of cones. They are made in conical shape because this particular geometric shape provides stability to the structure.
A funnel is a tube which is conical in shape and has a wide mouth at the top and narrow opening at the bottom. This narrow opening is used to filter out liquids or any other material. Funnels are widely used in chemistry labs.
Teepee or tipi is a cone-shaped tent which is traditionally made up of animal skin supported on wooden poles. Nowadays, tipis are used by people during hiking. Moreover, present-day tipis are made of leather or other linen material.
7. Castle Turret
A turret is a small tower that projects from the main building. They were very popular in the Scottish region. Interestingly, the turret is nothing but a cone projecting out from a tower. They are mainly built for decorative purposes.
8. Temple Top
Most of the temples have their tops in a shape resembling a cone. This particular feature distinguishes the temple, and, therefore, the temples can be seen from faraway places as well. Also, it is believed that conical shapes create a lot of positive energy.
You might have seen people cheering for their favourite players using megaphones. Megaphones are conical in shape. First, the cone shape of a megaphone directs the voice towards the target. When you speak, the sound produced from your mouth spreads in all the directions at once. Only a part of your sound output goes in the direction of your intended target.
10. Pencil Tip
When we sharpen the pencil using a sharpener, the lead that gets sharpened is conical in shape. It provides a sharp and pinpointed head so that we can write. This helps us to write neatly and clearly.
The carrots and radish that are consumed in salads are conical in shape.