What is the shape of a rocket? My English teacher has challenged me with that question and I am not sure of the answer. My friends suggest 'polygon' but I believe the answer is a little more complicated.
While rockets come in a variety of shapes and sizes, they have a similar job to do, and so the general shape of a rocket is highly recognizable even in cartoon forms or kids' drawings. They are tall, skinny, and pointed at one end.
Is there some way to express this shape in mathematical terminology? It's not exactly a cone (although some experimental vehicles and early designs have looked mostly conical), but can the general form of a rocket, stemming from its function, be described using mathematical terms?