# Right Circular Cone Basics

The following figure shows an example of a **right circular cone**:

Note that the cross section of this cone is circular. This means that if you cut the cone anywhere with a horizontal plane, you will get a circular cross-section:

Also, the axis of the cone is perpendicular to the base, and hence it is *right*:

The following figure shows a cone which is right but not circular (the cross-section is elliptical):

The figure below shows a cone which is circular but not right (the axis is not perpendicular to the base):

From now on, we will discuss only right circular cones, and we will refer to them as simply cones. The dimensions of a cone can be specified by two parameters: the radius *\(r\)*of the base or the flat surface, and the height *\(h\)* of the cone, as shown below.