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Q: Proper name of the geometrical shape of a hot dog? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Proper name of the geometrical shape of a hot dog?
Category: Science > Math
Asked by: latexbuster-ga
List Price: $3.00
Posted: 08 May 2003 14:45 PDT
Expires: 07 Jun 2003 14:45 PDT
Question ID: 201337
What is the proper name of the geometrical form of a hot dog.  Clearly
it is not a cyliner, as it has two hemispherical ends on it.  I just
need the name, I do not need much background.
Subject: Re: Proper name of the geometrical shape of a hot dog?
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 08 May 2003 15:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
This educational site refers to such a shape as a "cylinder with
hemispheres on both ends":

Mississippi State University

Here a technical paper refers to the shape as "a truncated cylinder
capped on each end by hemispheres":

Brooks Air Force Base

The shape is referred to as a "cylindrical capsule" here:


"Cylindrical capsule" is specifically used to describe the "shape of a
hot dog" in this newsgroup post:

"Alternatively, as described in David Eberly's book '3D Game Engine
Design', it would be easier if you allowed your cylinder to have
hemisphere caps (shape of a hot dog). Since then you only need to
compute the distance between the triangle and the center line segment
of the cylindrical capsule and compare it with the radius of the

Post to newsgroup

I believe the best, most concise descriptive term is "cylindrical
capsule." "Circular cylindrical capsule" would be a more precise term.

Thanks for a most interesting question! I hope this meets your needs.
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Search terms used:

"cylinder" + "hemispheres"
"hot dog" + "shape"
"cylindrical capsule"

Best regards,
latexbuster-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks, a great answer.

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