Q: Does a cross section always have to be horizontal or vertical?

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If horizontal, a circle. If vertical, a semi-circle.

The vertical cross sections are trapezia or triangles. The horizontal cross sections are rectangles which are mathematically similar to the base.

It is a rectangle which is similar to the base.

Christian Cross: 1 - Vertical symmetry Maltese Cross: 4 - Vertical, Horizontal and two diagonals

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They are all circles. The vertical and horizontal have the same radius as the ball while the angled cross section has a smaller radius.

If horizontal, a circle. If vertical, a semi-circle.

The vertical cross sections are trapezia or triangles. The horizontal cross sections are rectangles which are mathematically similar to the base.

The vertical cross section of a right vertical cone is a triangle if that cross section is taken from the vertex. Any other vertical cross section will reveal a hyperbola (with endpoints on the base of the cone). A link can be found below.

It is a rectangle which is similar to the base.

Jesus was crucified on a cross. The main section was vertical and the cross bar was horizontal and a few feet below the top of the main section as we are told that a sign was placed on the cross above His head. We do not know what kind of wood the cross was made of.

Christian Cross: 1 - Vertical symmetry Maltese Cross: 4 - Vertical, Horizontal and two diagonals

If the cylinder is standing on its flat face, the horizontal cross section is a circle. Otherwise, it is a line or a rectangle.

Circle

rectangle

triangle

a square