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Surface Area of Cylinders

In this worksheet, students calculate the surface area of cylinders given their diameter and height.

'Surface Area of Cylinders' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures

Curriculum subtopic:   Use 3D Shape Knowledge to Solve Problems

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Look at this cylinder.



It's net is made up of two circles and a rectangle.






Remember that:

the Area of a circle of radius r = πr2

the Circumference of a circle of diameter d = πd



Look at these diagrams to see that the base of the rectangle has the same length as the circumference of the circle. 



So the Surface Area = 2πr2 + πdh = 2πr2 + 2πrh



Find the surface area of this cylinder in cm2 to 3 significant figures.



Diameter = 6 cm

Radius = 6 ÷ 2 = 3 cm

Height = 12 cm


Surface Area = 2πr2 + 2πrh  = 2 x π x 32 + 2 x π x 3 x 12 = 282.74 ≈ 283 cm2 (3 s.f.)

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