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Surface Area

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

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This is level 5; Find the surface area of a variety of cones. The diagrams are not to scale.

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A right cone is a cone with its vertex above the center of its base.
Calculate the surface area of this right cone with a sloping height of 7.9cm and a base radius of 5.5cm giving your answer in square centimetres to three significant figures.

Shape 1

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Calculate the surface area of this right cone with a height of 4.5cm and a base radius of 3.7cm giving your answer in square centimetres to three significant figures.

Shape 2

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Find the surface area of a solid cone if the radius of the circular base is 20cm and the
length of the sloping side is 44cm. Give your answer to the nearest square centimetre.

Shape 3

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Calculate the surface area of a right cone with a diameter of 28.2cm, a radius of 14.1cm, a height of 16.2cm and a sloping height of 21.5cm. Give your answer in square centimetres to three significant figures.

Shape 4

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Calculate the surface area of a cone with diameter and sloping side both equal to 33cm.
Give your answer in square centimetres to three significant figures.

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Calculate the curved surface area only of a cone with diameter and height both
equal to 21cm. Give your answer in square centimetres to three significant figures.

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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 a variety of prisms.

Level 4 - Find the surface area of a variety of cylinders.

Level 5 - Find the surface area of a variety of cones.

Level 6 - Find the surface area of a variety of pyramids.

Level 7 - Find the surface area of a variety of spheres.

Level 8 - Find the surface area of composite shapes.

Level 9 - Mixed, more challenging questions involving surface area.

Volume - Find the volume of basic solid shapes.

Surface Area = Volume - Can you find the ten cuboids that have numerically equal volumes and surface areas? A challenge in using technology.

Exam Style Questions - A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).

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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.

Rectangular based pyramid: \(lw+l\sqrt{\frac{w^2}{4}+h^2}+w\sqrt{\frac{l^2}{4}+h^2}\) where \(h\) is the height of the pyramid, \(l\) is the length of the base and \(w\) is the width of the 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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