# Surface Area

## Calculate the surface areas of the given basic solid shapes using standard formulae.

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This is level 1; Find the surface area of shapes made up of cubes. The diagrams are not to scale.

 1. Each of the yellow cubes in the diagram have edges 1cm long. What is the total surface area of the cuboid they are part of? cm2 2. Each of the yellow cubes in the diagram have edges 1cm long. What is the total surface area of the shape they are part of? cm2 3. Each of the yellow cubes in the diagram have edges 1cm long. What is the total surface area of the shape they are part of? cm2 4. Each of the yellow cubes in the diagram have edges 1cm long. What is the total surface area of the shape they are part of? cm2 5. Each of the cubes in the diagram have edges 2cm long. What is the total surface area of the shape they are part of? cm2 6. Each of the cubes in the diagram have edges 3cm long. What is the total surface area of the shape they are part of? cm2
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Level 1 - Find the surface area of shapes made up of cubes.

Level 2 - Find the surface area of a variety of cuboids.

Level 3 - Find the surface area of cuboids and other composite shapes.

Level 4 - Use a formula to find the surface area of standard solid shapes.

Volume - Find the volume of basic solid shapes.

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## Surface Area Formulae

Cube: $$6s^2$$ where $$s$$ is the length of one edge.

Cuboid: $$2(lw + lh + wh)$$ where $$l$$ is the length, $$w$$ is the width and $$h$$ is the height of the cuboid.

Cylinder: $$2\pi rh + 2\pi r^2$$ where $$h$$ is the height (or length) of the cylinder and $$r$$ is the radius of the circular end.

Cone: $$\pi r(r+l)$$ where $$l$$ is the distance from the apex to the rim of the circle (sloping height) of the cone and $$r$$ is the radius of the circular base.

Cone: $$\pi r(r+\sqrt{h^2+r^2})$$ where $$h$$ is the height of the cone and $$r$$ is the radius of the circular base.

Square based pyramid: $$s^2+2s\sqrt{\frac{s^2}{4}+h^2}$$ where $$h$$ is the height of the pyramid and s is the length of a side of the square base.

Sphere: $$4\pi r^2$$ where $$r$$ is the radius of the sphere.

Prism: Double the area of the cross section added to the product of the length and the perimeter of the cross section.

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