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    By Brigitte Bentele, Ron Lancaster

    A SLICE of MATH

    TRUNCATING A CYLINDER is a technique often used in design to add beauty to an object that might otherwise be nondescript. One striking example of an elliptical cross section can be seen in the design of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, where a massive cylinder has been truncated to form a beautiful elliptical cross section made of glass that is lit at night. Using those cylinders and other examples, have your students explore the situations that can arise when a plane intersects a cylinder or figure out the time a photograph was taken using the shadows on the cylinders. (Solutions provided.)