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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 8; Find the surface area of composite shapes. The diagrams are not to scale.

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Calculate the total surface area of this shape in square centimetres.

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Calculate the total surface area of this shape in square centimetres.

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A lump of clay is in the shape of a cuboid with dimensions 12cm, 17cm and 24cm. A cube shaped piece of clay is removed from one of the corners as shown. What is the surface area of the shape that remains?

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The cross section of a prism is an 'L-shaped' as shown in the diagram. Calculate the surface area of the prism if AB = 35cm, BC = 38cm, CD = 12cm, DE = 9cm and AF = 7cm.

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Find the surface area of this rocket shape made up of a cone rising out of a cylinder with measurements given in the diagram. Give your answer to three significant figures.

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A hole of diameter 2cm is drilled through the length of a cuboid as shown in the diagram.
Find the total surface area of the composite shape produced. Give your answer to three significant figures.

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This is Surface Area level 8. You can also try:
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Description of Levels

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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.

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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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