Locate the centroid of a triangle whose vertices are A(2,6), B(15,8) and C(10,20). Compute the generated surface area when this triangle is revolved about the y-axis
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The centroid is the intersection of the medians.

The midpoints of the sides is located at the average of the coordinates of the endpoints.

Midpoint of AB=M(8.5,7), midpoint of AC=N(6,13), midpoint of BC=P(12.5,14).

We can find the intersection of two medians to find the centroid. First we need the equations of two medians:

Gradient of MC=(20-7)/(10-8.5)=13/1.5=26/3;

equation of MC: y=(26/3)(x-10)+20.

Gradient of PA=(14-6)/(12.5-2)=8/10.5=16/21;

equation of PA: y=(16/21)(x-2)+6.

So (26/3)(x-10)+20=(16/21)(x-2)+6.

Multiply through by 21: 182x-1820+420=16x-32+126.

(182-16)x=1820-420-32+126=1894, x=1494/166=9.

Therefore y=-26/3+20=34/3.

The centroid is (9,34/3).

When the triangle is rotated about the y-axis, the sides of the triangle form frustums as shown below. 

We need to find a formula for the volume of a frustum, which is the difference in volumes of two cones, a smaller cone with dimensions r and h, and a larger cone with dimensions R and H, being the radius and height. Let the height of the frustum, d=H-h. Also, let p=r/R=h/H, because the two cones are similar figures.

V, volume of frustum=⅓πR²H-⅓πr²h=⅓πR²H(1-p³). But d=H-h=H(1-p).


The red and blue frustums are hollowed out by the green frustum, so we can work out all the frustum volumes and obtain the volume of the figure of revolution: blue+red-green=


1494π=4693.54 cubic units approx.


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