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Cone cut into sections


This is a wooden cone made up of sections of different woods. It can be partially disassembled to show different geometrical curves and shapes formed from the sections. It is held together a vertical metal rod through the centre of the object.

Accession Number: 2019.ast.121

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Primary Materials: Wood

Markings: None

Dimensions (cm): Base Diameter = 15.2, Height = 24


To demonstrate geometrical curves and sections such as parabolas and circles.


Excellent: The object shows very few signs of deterioration.

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Date of Manufacture: 20th Century


This object may be associated with teaching at the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics, either on the U of T Campus, or at the Dunlap Observatory. If the latter, it was moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2009, upon the sale of the observatory. They were stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.

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