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1 Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms Michael Fauteux Rosamaria Zapata CK12 Editor Say Thanks to the Authors Click (No sign in required)

3 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms CHAPTER 1 Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms CHAPTER OUTLINE 1.1 Vocabulary Self-Rating 1.2 Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms 1.3 Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Prisms 1.4 Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids 1.5 Volume of Prisms 1.6 Volume of Pyramids 1.7 Change of Dimensions 1

4 1.1. Vocabulary Self-Rating Vocabulary Self-Rating TABLE 1.1: Rating Guide: DK: I am sure I don t know it K: I am sure I know it?: I m not sure Word Before Lesson/Unit After Lesson/Unit Polygon Polyhedron Polyhedra Face Edge Vertex or Vertices Prism Pyramid Euler s Formula Regular Convex Semi-regular Platonic solids Net Base Right prism Oblique prism Surface area Lateral sides Lateral area Perimeter Apex Slant height Altitude Apothem Volume Cubic Ratio Similar 2

5 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms 1.2 Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms Learning Objectives Identify and understand the properties of polyhedra. Identify regular Platonic polyhedra. Identify, draw, and construct nets for solids. Introduction You have already learned that a polygon is a 2-dimensional figure that is made of three or more points joined together by line segments. Examples of polygons include triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, or octagons. In general, an n gon is a polygon with n sides. A triangle is a 3-gon or 3-sided polygon, and a pentagon is a 5-gon or 5-sided polygon. Below are examples of polygons: You can use polygons to construct a 3-dimensional figure called a polyhedron. polyhedra. The plural of polyhedron is A polyhedron is a 3-dimensional figure that is made up of polygon faces. A face is an outer side (or boundary) of a polyhedron. A cube is an example of a polyhedron, and its faces are squares (quadrilaterals). Reading Check: 1. Fill in the blank: A 3-dimensional figure made of polygon faces is called a. 2. Fill in the blank: The plural form of polyhedron is. 3. What shape is an example of a polyhedron? 3

6 1.2. Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms Polyhedron or Not A polyhedron has the following properties: It is a 3-dimensional figure. It is made of polygons and only polygons. Each polygon is called a face of the polyhedron. Polygon faces join together along segments called edges. Each edge joins exactly two faces. Edges meet in points called vertices (plural form of vertex). There are no gaps between edges or vertices. To review: A polyhedron is a -dimensional shape that is made up of called faces of the polyhedron. The faces are joined together at and the edges meet at. Example 1 Is the figure a polyhedron? Yes. A figure is a polyhedron if it has all of the properties of a polyhedron. This figure: 4 Is 3-dimensional. Is constructed entirely of flat polygons (triangles and rectangles). Has faces that meet in edges and edges that meet in vertices. Has no gaps between edges. Has no non-polygon faces (like curves). Has no concave faces.

7 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms Since the figure has all of the properties of a polyhedron, it is a polyhedron. Example 2 Is the figure a polyhedron? No. This figure has faces, edges, and vertices, but all of its surfaces are not flat polygons. Look at the end surface marked A. It is flat, but it has a curved edge so it is not a polygon. Surface B is not flat (or planar). Example 3 Is the figure a polyhedron? No. The figure is made up of polygons and it has faces, edges, and vertices. But the faces do not fit together the figure has gaps. The figure also has an overlap that creates a concave surface. For these reasons, the figure is not a polyhedron. Reading Check: 1. If a figure has curved edges, is it a polyhedron? 2. If a figure has gaps or overlapping faces, is it a polyhedron? 3. List 3 characteristics of polyhedra: Face, Vertex, Edge, Base As you have learned, a polyhedron joins faces together along edges, and edges together at vertices. The following statements are true of any polyhedron: Each edge joins exactly two faces. 5

8 1.2. Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms Each edge connects exactly two vertices. Again, Each edge joins two. Each edge connects two. To see why this is true, take a look at this prism. Each of its edges joins two faces along a single line segment. Each of its edges connects exactly two vertices. Let s count the number of faces, edges, and vertices in a few typical polyhedra. The figures below are square pyramids. The square pyramid gets its name from its base, which is a square. It has 5 faces, 8 edges, and 5 vertices: Other figures have a different number of faces, edges, and vertices: 6

9 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms If we make a table that summarizes the data from each of the figures we get: TABLE 1.2: Figure Vertices Faces Edges Square pyramid Rectangular prism Octahedron Pentagonal prism Calculate the sum of the number of vertices and edges. Then compare that sum to the number of edges. Fill in the empty boxes with the numbers from above! TABLE 1.3: Figure Vertices v Faces f Edges e Vertices + Faces v + f Square pyramid = 10 Rectangular prism = 14 Octahedron = 14 Pentagonal prism = 17 Do you see the pattern? When you add 2 to the number of edges, you get the sum of vertices and faces! The formula that summarizes this relationship is named after mathematician Leonhard Euler. Euler s formula says, for any polyhedron: Euler s Formula for Polyhedra: Vertices + Faces = Edges + 2 or amp;v + f = e + 2 Use Euler s formula to find the number of edges, faces, or vertices in a polyhedron. 7

10 1.2. Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms Regular Polyhedra Polyhedra can be named and classified in a number of ways by side, by angle, by base, by number of faces, and so on. Perhaps the most important classification is whether or not a polyhedron is regular or not. You will recall that a regular polygon is a polygon whose sides and angles are all congruent. A polyhedron is regular if it has the following characteristics: All faces are the same. All faces are congruent regular polygons. The same number of faces meet at every vertex. The figure has no gaps or holes. The figure is convex it has no indentations. Reading Check: 1. True/False: A regular polyhedron has faces that are all different. 2. Fill in the blanks: In a regular polyhedron, the same number of meet at each. 3. True/False: A donut is not a regular polyhedron because it has a hole in the middle. 4. In your own words, describe a shape that is not convex: Example 4 Is a cube a regular polyhedron? 8

11 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms All faces of a cube are regular polygons squares. The cube is convex because it has no indented surfaces. The cube is simple because it has no gaps. Therefore, a cube is a regular polyhedron. A polyhedron is semi-regular if all of its faces are regular polygons and the same number of faces meet at every vertex. Semi-regular polyhedra often have two different kinds of faces, both of which are regular polygons. A semi-regular polyhedron: has faces that are regular has the same number of that meet at each vertex may have different kinds of Prisms with a regular polygon base are one kind of semi-regular polyhedron. Not all semi-regular polyhedra are prisms. An example of a non-prism is shown below: Completely irregular (or not regular) polyhedra also exist. They are made of different kinds of regular and irregular polygons. 9

12 1.2. Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms So now a question arises. Given that a polyhedron is regular if all of its faces are congruent regular polygons, it is convex and contains no gaps or holes. How many regular polyhedra actually exist? In fact, you may be surprised to learn that only 5 regular polyhedra can be made. They are known as the Platonic (or noble) solids. How many Platonic solids are there? Note that no matter how you try, you can t construct any other regular polyhedra besides the ones above. Representing Solids: Nets One way to represent a solid is to use a net. A net is a 2-dimensional picture that can be used to create a 3- dimensional solid. If you cut out a net you can fold it along the lines into a 3-D model of a figure. Here is an example of a net for a cube: There is more than one way to make a net for a single figure. Here is another for a cube: 10

13 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms However, not all arrangements will create a cube: Reading Check: In your own words, what is a net? Example 5 What kind of figure does the net create? Draw the figure. Remember, you can cut out the net and fold it along every line to make a 3-D figure. The net above creates a box-shaped rectangular prism as shown below: 11

14 1.2. Area of Nets; Nets to Prisms How many faces does the prism have? (Hint: if you count the number of boxes in the net, it is the same as the number of faces in the 3-D figure!) Example 6 What kind of net can you draw to represent the figure shown? Draw the net. A net for the prism is shown. Other nets are also possible. 12

15 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms 1.3 Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Prisms Learning Objectives Use nets to represent prisms. Find the surface area of a prism. Prisms A prism is a 3-dimensional figure with a pair of parallel and congruent ends, or bases. The sides of a prism are parallelograms. Prisms are identified by their bases. Look at the names of the prisms above. Each type of prism is named after its base. In the figure on the left, the base is a rectangle, so it is called a rectangular prism. In the middle, the base is a triangle, so the shape is a triangular prism. On the right, the base is a hexagon (6-sided figure), so the prism is called a hexagonal prism. As you can see, the base is not always on the bottom of the prism! Prisms are named by their. If a prism is called a pentagonal prism, then its base is a. Surface Area of a Prism Using Nets The prisms in the picture above are right prisms. In a right prism, the lateral sides are perpendicular to the bases of prism. In the picture below, compare a right prism to an oblique prism, in which sides and bases are not perpendicular: 13

16 1.3. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Prisms Reading Check: 1. Fill in the blanks: A prism is a -dimensional figure with parallel and congruent and sides that are In a right prism, what is the relationship between the sides and the bases? 3. What is the difference between a right prism and an oblique prism? Surface Area Surface area is the exposed area of a 3-dimensional or solid figure. This means that surface area is a measurement of the outside area of an object. For example, the surface area of a soccer ball is the outside part of the ball that touches the air. The inside of the ball is not included in surface area. Surface area is, as its name describes, the area of the surface of a solid object. Surface area is the area of the of a 3-dimensional object. Area Addition Postulate The surface area of a 3-dimensional figure is the sum of the areas of all of its non-overlapping parts. This means that we find the surface area by adding up all of the face areas of the figure. Since the faces are on the surface of the object, if we add up all of the faces, we will have the entire surface area! To find the surface area of a shape, you add the areas of its. You can use a net and the Area Addition Postulate to find the surface area of a right prism: 14

17 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms From the net of the prism, you can see that that the surface area of the entire prism equals the sum of the shapes that make up the net. Since there are 6 faces of the prism and 6 shapes in the net, there are 6 areas that you add together: Total surface area = area A + area B + area C + area D + area E + area F You may notice that the faces labeled E and are called the bases of the prism, and the faces labeled A,B,, and are called the sides of the prism. The surface area is the sum of the areas of the bases and the areas of the sides. To find the areas of shapes in the net, we must use the formula for the area of a rectangle: Area = length width Area of shape A = 10 5 = 50 square units Find the areas of the other rectangles in the net: Area of shape B = 3 10 = square units Area of shape C = = square units Area of shape D = = square units Area of shape E = 3 5 = square units Area of shape F = = square units Then insert these areas back into the surface area equation above: Total surface area = area A + area B + area C + area D + area E + area F Total surface area = Total surface area = 190 square units If 2 polygons (or plane figures) are congruent, then their areas are congruent. This means that if 2 shapes are the same, then they have the same area! This may seem simple, and it is! Example 1 Use a net to find the surface area of the prism. 15

18 1.3. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Prisms The area of the net is equal to the surface area of the figure: Surface area = area A + area B + area C + area D + area E To find the area of the triangles (shapes A and E), we use the formula: Area = 1 2 bh, where b is the base of the triangle and h is its height Since triangles A and E are congruent, their areas are the same: Area of shape A = 1 2 (12 9) = 1 (108) = 54 2 So the area of shapes A is 54 square units and the area of shape E is 54 square units. For the areas of shapes B,C, and D, we use the formula for the area of a rectangle. Area of shape B = 6 9 = 54 square units Area of shape C = = square units Area of shape D = = square units Now insert the areas you found back into the surface area equation on the previous page: 16

19 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms Surface area = area A + area B + area C + area D + area E Surface area = Surface area = 324 square units Reading Check: 1. True/False: The surface area of a 3-D figure is the same as the area of its net. 2. True/False: You can figure out the area of a net by finding the area of each of the shapes in it (rectangles, triangles, etc.) and multiplying them together. Surface Area of a Prism Using Perimeter The hexagonal prism below has 2 regular hexagons for bases and 6 sides. Since all sides of the hexagon are congruent, all of the rectangles that make up the lateral sides of the 3-dimensional figure are also congruent. You can break down the figure like this: The word lateral means on the side. For example, in football, a lateral pass is when the quarterback throws the ball sideways to a receiver: the ball is passed to the side instead of forwards. Lateral sides of a solid are the faces on the sides of the shape (not the bases). Lateral area, which you will learn next, is the area of the sides of the shape. The surface area of the rectangular sides of the figure is called the lateral area of the figure. The lateral area does not include the area of the bases. To find the lateral area, you can add up all of the areas of the 6 rectangles: Lateral area = 6 (area of one rectangle) = 6 (s h) = 6sh You can also see that the perimeter of the base of the hexagonal prism on the previous page is (s + s + s + s + s + s) or 6s. Another way to find the lateral area of the figure is to multiply the perimeter of the base by h, which is the height of the figure: 17

20 1.3. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Prisms Lateral area = 6sh = (6s) h = (perimeter of base) h = Ph Substituting P, the perimeter of the base, for 6s, we get the formula for any lateral area of a right prism: Lateral area of a prism = Ph The lateral area is the surface area of the rectangular of a right prism. The lateral area does not include the area of the. Find the lateral area of a right prism by multiplying the of the base by the - of the prism. We can use the lateral area formula to calculate the total surface area of the prism. Remember, lateral area does not include the area of the bases, but we must include the bases to find the total surface area of the prism! Using P for the perimeter of the base and B for the area of the base: Total surface area = Lateral area + area of 2 bases = (perimeter of base height) + 2 (area of base) = Ph + 2B You can use this formula A = Ph + 2B to find the surface area of any right prism. Reading Check: 1. True/False: The lateral area includes the area of the sides and the area of the bases. 2. True/False: The perimeter of the base and the area of the base are the same thing. 3. How could you find the total surface area of a 3-dimensional shape if you know the height of the shape and the perimeter of its base? What other information would you need to know? Explain. Example 2 Use the formula to find the total surface area of the trapezoidal prism below. 18

21 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms The dimensions of the trapezoidal base are shown in the diagram, but we should list our information so it is easy to see: Height of the entire prism (we will call this H) = 21 Base 1 of the trapezoid (b 1 ) = 4 Base 2 of the trapezoid (b 2 ) = 10 height of the trapezoid (call this h so it is not confused with H above) = 2.64 Use the formula for total surface area from the previous page: Total surface area = PH + 2B (where P is perimeter of the base, H is height, and B is area of the base) Find the area of each trapezoidal base. Do this with the formula for area of a trapezoid. Remember that the height of the trapezoid is small h: A B = 1 2 h(b 1 + b 2 ) A B = ( + ) A B = square units Now find the perimeter of the base: P = = 22 Use these values to find the total surface area of the solid: Total surface area = PH + 2B = ( )(21) + 2( ) = = square units 19

22 1.4. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids Learning Objectives Identify pyramids. Find the surface area of a pyramid using a net or a formula. Pyramids A pyramid is a 3-dimensional figure with a single base and 3 or more non-parallel sides that meet at a single point above the base called the apex. The sides of a pyramid are triangles. A pyramid has only one, while a prism has 2. The sides of a pyramid are. A pyramid has 3 or more. What is the name of the point on the very top of the pyramid? Below are examples of pyramids. Notice that each pyramid is named after the shape of its base (so the pyramid with a square base is called a square pyramid, and so on): A regular pyramid is a pyramid that has a regular polygon for its base and whose sides are all congruent triangles. A regular pyramid has sides that are triangles. The base of a regular pyramid is a regular. Surface Area of a Pyramid Using Nets You can deconstruct a pyramid into a net: 20

23 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms As you can see in the diagram, the easiest way to construct a net of a pyramid is to draw the base in the center, with each triangular side extending outwards from the base edges. To find the surface area of the figure using the net, first find the area of the base. In this case, the base is a square: A = s 2 = (12)(12) = 144 square units Now find the area of each side of the pyramid. Each side is an isosceles triangle. Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the height of the triangles. The height of each triangle is called the slant height of the pyramid. The slant height of the pyramid is the altitude of one of the triangles. The height of the isosceles triangle side of the pyramid is labeled n above, so we will call the slant height n for this problem. The slant height is the same as the of the triangular side. The triangular side of the pyramid is drawn again below: 21

24 1.4. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids We use the Pythagorean Theorem (with only half of the triangle, as shown on the right above) to find the height of the triangle: n 2 = (11.66) n 2 = 136 n 2 = 100 n = 10 Now find the area of each triangular side (using the formula for area of a triangle): A = 1 bh where b = 12 and h = n = 10 2 = 1 2 (12)(10) = 60 square units Since there are 4 triangular sides of the pyramid: Area of all 4 triangles = 4(60) = 240 square units Finally, add the total area of the 4 triangles to the area of the base: Total area = Area of the triangular sides + Area of the base = = 384 square units Review the steps for finding the surface area of a regular pyramid: 22 a. Find the area of the base of the pyramid. b. Find the slant height of the triangular side of the pyramid. c. Find the area of each triangular side and multiply it by the number of sides.

25 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms d. Add the area of the sides to the area of the base for total area! Example 1 Use the net below to find the total area of the regular hexagonal pyramid with an apothem of The dimensions are given in centimeters. The base of the pyramid is a hexagon, which is a 6-sided figure. The area of the hexagonal base is given by the formula for the area of a regular polygon. Since each side of the hexagon measures 6 cm, the perimeter is 6 6 or 36 cm. The apothem, or perpendicular distance to the center of the hexagon, is 5.19 cm. (Step #1) Area of base = 1 2 (perimeter)(apothem) = 1 2 ( )( ) = square cm Use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the slant height of each lateral triangle (Step #2) n 2 = (14) n 2 = 196 n 2 = 187 n 13.67cm Now find the area of each triangle: (Step #3) 23

26 1.4. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids A = 1 bh where b = 6 and h = n = = 1 2 ( )( ) = 41 square cm Together, the area of all 6 triangles that make up the lateral sides of the pyramid are: Area = 6 (area of each triangle) = 6 41 = 246 square cm Add the area of the 6 lateral triangular sides to the area of the hexagonal base (Step #4) Total area = Area of the triangular sides + Area of the base = = square cm Reading Check: 1. What is the slant height of a pyramid? 2. What are the 4 steps for finding the surface area of a regular pyramid? Describe them in your own words. Surface Area of a Regular Pyramid To get a general formula for the area of a regular pyramid, look at the net for this square pyramid: 24

27 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms The slant height of each lateral triangle is labeled l (the lowercase letter L), and the side of the regular polygon base is labeled s. For each lateral triangle, the area is: A = 1 2 sl There are n triangles in a regular pyramid (for example, n = 3 for a triangular pyramid, n = 4 for a square pyramid, n = 5 for a pentagonal pyramid, and so on.) The total area, L, of the lateral triangles is: L = n (area of each lateral triangle) ( ) 1 L = n 2 sl If we re-arrange the above equation we get: L = 1 2 nsl Notice that (n s) is just the perimeter, P, of the regular polygon base. So we can substitute P into our equation to get the following postulate: L = 1 2 Pl To get the total area of the pyramid, add the area of the base, B, to the equation above: A = 1 2 Pl + B 25

28 1.4. Base, Lateral and Surface Areas of Pyramids Area of a Regular Pyramid The surface area of a regular pyramid is: A = 1 2 Pl + B Where P is the perimeter of the regular polygon that forms the pyramid s base, l is the slant height of the pyramid, and B is the area of the base. Example 2 A tent without a bottom has the shape of a hexagonal pyramid with a slant height l of 30 feet. The sides of the hexagonal perimeter of the figure each measure 8 feet. Find the surface area of the tent that exists above ground. For this problem, B is zero because the tent has no bottom. So simply calculate the lateral area of the figure: A = 1 2 Pl + B = 1 2 Pl + 0 Now substitute the given information to find the perimeter and the given slant height: A = 1 (30)(6 8) 2 = 720 square feet In the formula for the surface area of a regular pyramid: A = 1 2 Pl + B A stands for the of the pyramid, P stands for the of the base, l stands for the of the pyramid, and B stands for the of the. Example 3 A pentagonal pyramid has a slant height l of 12 cm. The sides of the pentagonal perimeter of the figure each measure 9 cm. The apothem of the figure is 6 cm. Find the surface area of the figure. 26

29 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms If the base is a pentagon (which has 5 sides), and each side is 9 cm, then the perimeter of the base is (5 9) or 45 cm. First find the lateral area of the figure: L = 1 2 Pl = 1 2 (45)(12) = 270 cm 2 Now use the formula for the area of a regular polygon to find the area of the base: A = 1 2 (perimeter)(apothem) = 1 2 (45)(6) = 135 cm 2 Finally, add these values together to find the total surface area: Total area = Lateral area + Base area = cm 2 + cm 2 = 405 cm 2 Total surface area of a pyramid = Lateral + area 27

30 1.5. Volume of Prisms Volume of Prisms Learning Objectives Find the volume of a prism. Volume of a Right Rectangular Prism Volume is a measure of how much space a 3-dimensional figure occupies. This means that the volume tells you how much a 3-dimensional figure can hold. What does volume represent? Volume is the space inside a 3-dimensional solid. One way to understand volume is to compare it to surface area. We can use real-life examples of objects to compare volume to surface area: A fish tank: Surface area = the glass used to build the outside of the tank Volume = the water inside the tank A pillow: Surface area = the fabric used to make the pillowcase Volume = the feathers or stuffing inside the pillow Can you think of other examples? The basic unit of volume is the cubic unit cubic centimeter, cubic inch, cubic meter, cubic foot, and so on. Each basic cubic unit has a measure of 1 for its length, width, and height: is the measure of space inside a solid object. The basic unit of volume is a unit. In calculating volume, it is important to know that if 2 polyhedrons (or solids) are congruent, then their volumes are congruent also. 28

31 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms A right rectangular prism is a prism with rectangular bases and the angle between each base and its rectangular lateral sides is also a right angle. You can recognize a right rectangular prism by its box shape, like in the diagram below. The volume of a solid is the sum of the volumes of all of its non-overlapping parts. Using this, we can find the volume of a right rectangular prism by counting boxes. The box below measures 2 units in height, 4 units in width, and 3 units in depth. Each layer has (2 4) cubes or 8 cubes. Together, you get 3 groups of (2 4) so the total volume is: V = = 24 The volume is 24 cubic units. This same pattern is true for any right rectangular prism. Volume is given by the formula: Volume = length width height V = l w h You can calculate the volume of any right rectangular prism by multiplying the of the solid, the, and its. Example 1 Find the volume of this prism: Use the formula for volume of a right rectangular prism: 29

32 1.5. Volume of Prisms V = l w h V = V = 560 So the volume of this rectangular prism is 560 cubic units. Reading Check: 1. In your own words, what is volume? 2. True/False: An appropriate unit for the answer to a volume problem is cubic inches. 3. True/False: If 2 solids are congruent, then their volumes are the same. 4. True/False: Volume is calculated by taking the sum of the length, the width, and the height of a solid. Volume of a Right Prism Looking at the volume of right prisms with the same height and different bases, you can see a pattern. The computed area of each base is given below. The height of all 3 solids is the same, 10. Putting the data for each solid into a table, we get: TABLE 1.4: Solid Height Area of base Volume Rectangle Trapezoid Triangle The relationship in each case is clear: when you multiply the height of the solid by the area of its base, you get the volume. This relationship can be proven to establish the following formula for any right prism. The volume of a right prism is: 30

33 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms V = Bh where B is the area of the base of the 3-dimensional figure and h is the prism s height (also called altitude) To find the volume of a right prism, you the area of its - by the of the prism. Example 2 Find the volume of the prism with a triangular equilateral base and the dimensions shown in centimeters. To find the volume, first find the area of the base. In this diagram, the base is actually facing forwards instead of on the bottom. The base is an equilateral triangle as the directions say, so we use the area of a triangle formula: A = 1 2 bh The height (or altitude) of the triangle is cm. Each side of the triangle measures 12 cm. So the triangle has the following area: A = 1 2 bh = 1 2 (12)(10.38) = cm 2 Now use the formula for the volume of the prism, V = Bh, where B is the area of the base (the area of the triangle) and h is the height of the prism. Remember that the "height" of the prism is the distance between the bases, so in this case the height of the prism is 15 cm. Imagine that the prism is lying on its side. V = Bh = (62.28)(15) = Thus, the volume of the prism is cm 3 (or cubic centimeters). 31

34 1.6. Volume of Pyramids Volume of Pyramids Learning Objectives Find the volume of a pyramid. Estimate the Volume of a Pyramid and Prism Which has a greater volume, a prism or a pyramid, if both solids have the same base and height? To find out, compare prisms and pyramids that have congruent bases and the same height. On the left is a base for a triangular prism and a triangular pyramid. Both figures have the same height. Compare the two figures. Which one appears to have a greater volume? The prism may appear to be greater in volume, but how can you prove that the volume of the prism is greater than the volume of the pyramid? You can put one figure inside of the other. The figure that is smaller will fit inside of the other figure. This is shown in the diagram above. Both figures have congruent bases and the same height, so when you put the pyramid inside the prism, their bases overlap exactly. Since the shapes are the same height, the top of the pyramid touches the top of the prism. 32

35 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms The pyramid clearly fits inside of the prism, so the volume of the pyramid must be smaller. Given a prism and a pyramid with congruent bases and the same height, which has a bigger volume? - Example 1 Show that the volume of a square prism is greater than the volume of a square pyramid. Draw or make a square prism and a square pyramid that have congruent bases and the same height. Now place one figure inside of the other. The pyramid fits inside of the prism: When two figures have the same height and the same base, the volume of the prism is greater. In general, when you compare 2 figures that have congruent bases and are equal in height, the prism will have a greater volume than the pyramid. The reason should be obvious. At the bottom, both figures start out the same with a square base. But the pyramid quickly slants inward, cutting away large amounts of material while the prism does not slant. Reading Check: 1. True/False: Prisms and pyramids with congruent bases have the same volume. 2. True/False: A pyramid will fit inside a prism with the same base and height. 33

36 1.6. Volume of Pyramids Find the Volume of a Pyramid and Prism Given the figure on the previous page, in which a square pyramid is placed inside of a square prism, we now ask: how many of these pyramids would fit inside of the prism? To find out, obtain a square prism and square pyramid that are both hollow, both have no bottom, and both have the same height and congruent bases. Now turn the figures upside down. Fill the pyramid with liquid. How many full pyramids of liquid will fill the prism up to the top? In fact, it takes exactly 3 full pyramids to fill the prism. Since the volume of the prism is: V = Bh where B stands for the area of the base and h is the height of the prism, we can write: 34

37 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms 3 (volume of a square pyramid) = volume of a square prism or : volume of a square pyramid = 1 (volume of a square prism) 3 And, since the volume of a square prism is Bh, the volume of a square pyramid is: V = 1 3 Bh Volume of a Pyramid Given a right pyramid with a base that has area B and height h: V = 1 3 Bh Example 2 Find the volume of a pyramid with a right triangle base with sides that measure 5 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm. The height of the pyramid is 15 cm. First find the area of the base: Since the base is a right triangle and the 3 sides measure 5 cm, 12 cm, and 13 cm, the longest side (13) must be the hypotenuse. The 2 shorter sides (5 and 12) are the legs of the right triangle. Use the leg lengths as the base and height of the triangle: A = 1 2 bh = 1 2 (5)(12) = 30 square cm Now use the formula above for the volume of a pyramid: V = 1 3 Bh = 1 3 (30)(15) = 150 cubic cm Reading Check: 1. True/False: Since the volume of a prism is 3 times the volume of a pyramid, the volume of a pyramid is half the volume of a prism. 35

38 1.6. Volume of Pyramids 2. Fill in the blanks: In the formula for the volume of a right pyramid, V = 1 3 Bh, V stands for the, B stands for the of the and h stands for the of the pyramid. 3. If you were to fill a pyramid with liquid and pour that liquid into a prism with the same base as the pyramid, how many full pyramids would fit into the prism? Graphic Organizer for Unit 7 TABLE 1.5: SURFACE AREA and VOLUME of SOLIDS Shape and Picture Prism Pyramid Surface Area Formula What do I need to know? Volume Formula What do I need to know? 36

39 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms 1.7 Change of Dimensions Learning Objectives Determine the Surface Area and Volume of similar polyhedra. Similar or Not Similar Two solids of the same type with equal ratios of corresponding linear measures are called similar solids. Corresponding linear measures means matching measurements, such as heights or widths or radii. Equal ratios of these measurements means that the fraction relating both heights is the same as the fraction relating both widths. To be similar, figures need to have corresponding linear measures that are in proportion to one another. If these linear measures are not in proportion, the figures are not similar. Example 1 Are these two figures similar? If the figures are similar, all ratios for corresponding measures must be the same. The ratios are: 37

40 1.7. Change of Dimensions width(w) = 6 9 = 2 3 height(h) = = 2 3 depth(d) = 8 12 = 2 3 Since the 3 ratios are equal, you can conclude that the figures are similar. A ratio is the same a. solids have equal ratios of corresponding linear measures. Compare Surface Areas and Volumes of Similar Figures When you compare similar 2-dimensional figures, area changes as a function of the square of the ratio of corresponding linear measures. For example, take a look at the areas of these two similar figures: The ratio between corresponding sides is: length (A) length (B) = 12 6 = 2 1 The ratio between the areas of the 2 figures is the square of the ratio of the linear measurement: This relationship holds for solid figures as well: area (A) area (B) = = = 4 1 or ( ) The ratio of the areas of 2 similar figures is equal to the square of the ratio between the corresponding linear sides. Reading Check: 1. True/False: If 2 solid shapes are similar, then the ratios of all of their linear measurements (such as height, width, and depth) are the same. 38

41 Chapter 1. Surface Area and Volume Nets to Prisms 2. True/False: If 2 solid shapes are similar, then the ratio of their areas is the square of the ratio of their side lengths. Example 2 Find the ratio of the volume between the two similar figures C and D below. As with surface area, since the 2 figures are similar you can use the height, depth, or width of the figures to find the linear ratio. In this example we will use the widths of the 2 figures: width (C) width (D) = = 3 4 The ratio between the volumes of the 2 figures is the cube of the ratio of the linear measurements: volume (C) volume (D) = ( ) 3 3 = Does this cube relationship agree with the actual measurements? Compute the volume of each figure and compare: volume (C) volume (D) = = = As you can see, the ratio holds. We can summarize the information in this lesson here: If 2 solid figures A and B are similar and the ratio of their linear measurements is a b, then the ratio of their surface areas is: and the ratio of their volumes is: sur f ace area (A) ( a ) 2 sur f ace area (B) = b Reading Check: volume (A) ( a ) 3 volume (B) = b 39

42 1.7. Change of Dimensions 1. When something is squared, what power is it raised to? 2. When something is cubed, what power is it raised to? 3. If 2 similar polyhedra have heights that are in a ratio of 2 5, what is the ratio of their surface areas? 4. If 2 similar polyhedra have depths that are in a ratio of 1 4, what is the ratio of their volumes? 5. True/False: The ratio of side lengths of similar solids is equal to the ratio of their surface areas, and it is also equal to the ratio of their volumes. 40

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