Volume and Surface Area of a Pyramid



Formula of volume and surface area of a pyramid are used to solve the problems step-by-step with the detailed explanation.



Worked-out examples on volume and surface area of a pyramid:

1. A right pyramid on a square base has four equilateral triangles for its four other faces, each edge being 16 cm. Find the volume and the area of whole surface of the pyramid.

Solution:

volume and surface area of a pyramid

Let the square WXYZ be the base of the right pyramid and its diagonal WY and XZ intersect at O. If OP be perpendicular to the plane of the square at O, then OP is the height of the right pyramid.

By question, lateral faces of the pyramid are equilateral triangles; hence,
PW = WX = XY = YZ = ZW = 16 cm.
Now, from the right-angled ∆ WXY we get,
WY2 = WX2 + XY2
or, WY2 = 162 + 162
or, WY2 = 256 + 256
or, WY2 = 512
or, WY = √512
Therefore, WY = 16√2
Therefore, WO = 1/2 ∙ WY = 8√2
Again OP is perpendicular to the plane of the square WXYZ at O; hence, OP ┴ OW.

Therefore, from the eight angled triangle POW we get,
OP2 + OW2 = PW2
or, OP2 = PW2 - OW2
or, OP2 = 162 - (8√2)2
or, OP2 = (8√2)2
Therefore, OP = 8√2

Now, draw OEWX; then, OE = 1/2 XY = 8 cm.
Join PE,
Clearly, PE is the slant height of the right pyramid.
Since OPPE,

Hence from the right angle triangle POE we get,
PE2 = OP2 + OE2
or, PE2 = (8√2)2 + 82
or, PE2 = 128 + 64
or, PE2 = 192
Therefore, PE = 8√3

Therefore, the required volume of a right pyramid = 1/3 × (area of the square WXYZ) × OP
= 1/3 × 162 × 8√2 cu. cm. = 1/3 ∙ 2048√2 cu. cm.
And area of its whole surface
= 1/2 (perimeter of square WXYZ) × PE + area of square WXYZ.
= [1/2 ∙ 4 ∙ 16 ∙ 8√3 + 162] sq. cm.
= 256(√3 + 1) sq. cm.



2. The base of a right pyramid is a regular hexagon each of whose sides is 8 cm. and the lateral faces are isosceles triangles whose two equal sides are 12 cm. each.
Find the volume of the pyramid and the area of all its faces.

Solution:

volume of the pyramid

Let O be the centre of the regular hexagon ABCDEF, the base of the right pyramid and P, the vertex of the pyramid. Join PA, PB, OB and PM where M is the mid-point of AB. Then, OP is the height and PM, the slant height of the pyramid.

According to the question, AB = 8 cm. and
PA = PB = 12 cm; hence, AM = 1/2 ∙ AB = 4 cm.

Clearly, PMAB, hence from the right angled ∆ PAM we get ,
AM2 + PM2 = PA2
or, PM2 = PA2 - AM2
or, PM2 = 122 - 42
or, PM2 = 144 - 16
or, PM2 = 128
Therefore, PM = 8√2

Again, OP is perpendicular to the plane of the hexagon ABCDEF at O; hence OPOB.

Therefore, from the right angled ∆ POB we get ,
OP2 + OB2 = PB2
OP2 = PB2 - OB2
or, OP2 = 122 - 82 (Since OB = AB = 8 cm)
or, OP2 = 144 - 64
or, OP2 = 80
Therefore, OP = 4√5.

Now, the area of the base of the pyramid = area of the regular hexagon ABCDEF
= {(6 ∙ 82)/4} cot (π/6) [Since, the area of regular polygon of n sides = {(na2)/4} cot (π/n), a being the length of a side].

= 96√3 sq. cm.

Therefore, the required volume of the pyramid
= 1/3 × ( area of the the hexagagon ABCDEF) × OP
= 1/3 × 96√3 × 4√5 cu. cm.
= 128 √15 cu.cm.

And the area of all its faces
= area of the slant surfaces + area of the base
= 1/2 × perimeter of the base × slant height + area of hexagon ABCDEF
= [1/2 × 6 × 8 × 8√2 + 96√3] sq. cm.
= 96 (2√2 + √3] sq. cm.



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