High School Math : How to find the surface area of a polyhedron

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Example Question #1 : How To Find The Surface Area Of A Polyhedron

Find the surface area of the following half-cylinder.

Half_cylinder

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the surface area of a half-cylinder must include one-half of the surface area of a cylinder, which would be:

We also need to add the area of the new rectangular face that is created by cutting the cylinder in half. The area of this rectangle would be:

where the length of the rectangle is the same as the height of the half-cylinder, and the width of the rectangle is the same as the diameter of the base of the half-cylinder. So we can rewrite the area of the rectangle as:

 

Now we can combine the two area formulas to find the total surface area of the half-cylinder:

where  is the radius of the base and  is the length of the height, and is the diameter of the base.

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

Example Question #2 : How To Find The Surface Area Of A Polyhedron

Find the surface area of the following polyhedron.

Ice_cream_cone

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the surface area of the polyhedron is:

Where  is the radius of the cone,  is the slant height of the cone, and  is the radius of the sphere

 

Use the formula for a  triangle to find the radius and slant height:

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

Example Question #3 : Other Polyhedrons

Find the surface area of the following polyhedron.

Dome

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the surface area of the polyhedron is:

where  is the radius of the cone,  is the slant height of the cone,  is the radius of the cylinder, and  is the height of the cylinder.

 

Use the formula for a  triangle to find the length of the radius:

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

Example Question #3 : How To Find The Surface Area Of A Polyhedron

Find the surface area of the following polyhedron.

Ice_cream_cone

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The formula for the surface area of a polyhedron is:

where  is the radius of the polyhedron and  is the slant height of the cone.

 

Use the formula for a  triangle to find the length of the radius:

 

Plugging in our values, we get:

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