GMAT Math : Tetrahedrons

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for GMAT Math

varsity tutors app store varsity tutors android store

Example Questions

1 3 Next →

Example Question #9 : Calculating The Surface Area Of A Tetrahedron


The cube in the above figure has surface area 384. Give the surface area of the tetrahedron with vertices , shown in red.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:


The surface area formula can be used to find the length of each edge of the cube:

Three faces of the tetrahedron - ,   - are right triangles with legs of length 8, so the area of each is half the product of the lengths of their legs:


Each triangle is isosceles, so, by the 45-45-90 Theorem, each of their hypotentuses measures  times a leg, or .  is therefore an equilateral triangle with sidelenghth . Its area can be found as follows:

The total surface area is 

1 3 Next →
Learning Tools by Varsity Tutors