Prisms : Surface Area and Volume

Overview

**Surface Area and Volume of Prism**:
Total surface area of a prism

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ the area of the vertical faces

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ height multiplied perimeter of the top or bottom face.
Volume of a prism

$=\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of the top or bottom face}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{height}$

prism

The shape shown in the figure is "a prism".

Prism is a 3D solid shape with a cross section of a 2D-polygon uniformly along its axis. The cross section can be any 2D-polygon, for example, square, rectangle, triangle, etc, and the prisms are square-prism, rectangular-prism, triangular-prism respectively.

We consider only right-prisms with its axis at right angle to the top and bottom faces. The oblique-prisms have the angle between its axis and the top (or bottom) face is not a right-angle. A right-prism is shown in orange. An oblique prism is shown in blue.

surface area

A generic prism consists of top and bottom faces of a 2D-shape, (in this problem a regular-pentagons) a set of vertical rectangular faces, (in this problem $5$ rectangles of sides $l$ and $h$). The surface area of the regular-pentagonal-prism of side $l$ and height $h$ is $2\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of pentagon}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}$ $+5\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of rectangles}$ or $2\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of pentagon}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}$ $+\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{perimeter of pentagon}\times \left(height\right)$

A prism of height $h$ is shown in orange. The vertical surfaces are visualized into number of rectangles as shown in blue. Area of all these rectangles is the height multiplied sum of its sides, which is height multiplied perimeter of the top or bottom face.

Total surface area of the prism

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ the area of the vertical faces

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ height multiplied perimeter of the top or bottom face.

volume

The volume of the regular-pentagonal-prism of side $l$ and height $h$ is "$\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of pentagon}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}$ $\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{height}$".

A prism of height $h$ is shown in orange. A cuboid is visualized as shown in blue, such that the cross-sectional area of the prism equals that of the cuboid along the vertical axis. As per Cavalieri's principle, the volumes of these two solids are equal.

Volume of the prism

$=$ volume of the cuboid with identical cross sectional area and height

$=\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of a face}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{height}$

What is the volume of prism with base area $20c{m}^{2}$ and height $4$ cm?

The answer is "$=80c{m}^{3}$"

summary

**Surface Area and Volume of Prism**:
Total surface area of a prism

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ the area of the vertical faces

$=$ area of the two faces on the top and bottom $+$ height multiplied perimeter of the top or bottom face.
Volume of a prism

$=\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{area of the top or bottom face}\phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\times \phantom{\rule{1ex}{0ex}}\text{height}$

Outline

The outline of material to learn *Mensuration : Length, Area, and Volume* is as follows.

Note 1: * click here for the detailed overview of Mensuration High *

Note 2: * click here for basics of mensuration, which is essential to understand this. *

• ** Basics of measurement**

→ __Summary of Measurement Basics__

→ __Measurement by superimposition__

→ __Measurement by calculation__

→ __Measurement by equivalence__

→ __Measurement by infinitesimal pieces__

→ __Cavalieri's Principle (2D)__

→ __Cavalieri's Principle (3D)__

• **Perimeter & Area of 2D shapes**

→ __Circumference of Circles__

→ __Area of Circles__

• **Surface area & Volume of 3D shapes**

→ __Prisms : Surface Area & Volume__

→ __Pyramids : Surface Area & Volume__

→ __Cone : Surface Area & Volume__

→ __Sphere : Surface Area & Volume__

• **Part Shapes **

→ __Understanding part Shapes__

→ __Circle : Sector and Segment__

→ __Frustum of a Cone__