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I hope you can help me, I was wondering if there is a formula for determining how much sand would be in a pile. I am a student in medical school, and this is a bonus question for a test. I hope you can help me. Thank you for your time, Larry 

Hi Larry, If you pour sand from from essentially one point like from the end of a conveyer belt then the pile will be roughly conical in shape and the volume of a cone is
where r is the radius of the base and h is the height of the pile. If you dump the sand off the back of a truck then the shape of the pile is more complicated. You can look at the answer I gave to a previous question to see one way to approximate the volume. Harley 

