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Find the Surface Area of a Pyramid

In this worksheet, students will learn the formula for finding the surface area of a pyramid and be able to apply it.

'Find the Surface Area of a Pyramid' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 4

GCSE Subjects:   Maths

GCSE Boards:   AQA, Eduqas, Pearson Edexcel, OCR,

Curriculum topic:   Geometry and Measures, Mensuration

Curriculum subtopic:   Mensuration and Calculation Volume and Surface Area Calculations

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

ancient egyptian mummies

 

An archeologist was digging around the pyramids of Ancient Egypt.  He discovered a mummy covered in chocolate and nuts.

On further investigation the mummy was identified as Pharaoh Roche.

 

This is a clue to our topic.

We are going to look at the surface area of pyramids here.

 

Surface area is the area of each face of the pyramid added together.

 

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Before we are ready to go, there are a few things to remember:

 

Area of a square = base x height

Area of a rectangle = base x height

Area of a triangle = base x height ÷ 2

 

Example 1:

 

a pyramid

 

This pyramid has a side length of 4 cm and its height is 5 cm.

 

To find the surface area of this square-based pyramid:

1. Calculate the area of the base:  4 x 4 = 16 cm² 

2. Find the area of one of the triangular sides:  4 x 5 ÷ 2 = 10 cm²

3.  There are four sides to the pyramid so: 10 x 4 = 40 cm²

4. Add the total  area of the sides to the area of the base: 16 + 40 = 56 cm²

 

Example 2:

 

A tetrahedron

 

This triangular-based pyramid has base 6 cm and height 8 cm.

 

To find the  surface area of this triangular-based pyramid:

1. Calculate the area of the base:  6 x 8 ÷ 2 = 24 cm² 

2.  There are four sides to the pyramid  (the base and three sides) so:  24 x 4 = 96 cm²

 

Example 3:

 

a pyramid

 

The base of this pyramid has sides of 5 cm and 6 cm. The height of the pyramid is 6 cm.

 

To find the surface area of this rectangular-based pyramid:

1. Calculate the area of the base:  5 x 6 = 30 cm²

2.  Find the area of the triangle with the base of 5 cm: 5 x 6  ÷ 2 = 15 cm² 

3.  The face opposite has the same area so multiply that by 2: 15 x 2 = 30 cm²

4.  Now find the area of the triangle with the base of 6 cm: 6 x 6  ÷ 2 = 18 cm² 

5. The face opposite has the same area so multiply that by 2: 18 x 2 = 36 cm²

6. Finally, add all your answers together: 30 + 30 + 36 = 96 cm²

 

Pharaoh

 

Where do Pharaohs like to eat?

Pizza Tut

 

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