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Volume And Surface Area Of A Pyramid Worksheet

Volume And Surface Area Of A Pyramid Worksheet

Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free volume and surface area of pyramids worksheet of 26 questions and answers

  • Section 1 of the volume and surface area of pyramids worksheet contains 18 skills-based volume and surface area of pyramids questions, in 3 groups to support differentiation
  • Section 2 contains 4 applied volume and surface area of pyramids questions with a mix of worded problems and deeper problem solving questions
  • Section 3 contains 4 foundation and higher level GCSE exam style volume and surface area of pyramids questions 
  • Answers and a mark scheme for all volume and surface area of pyramids questions are provided
  • Questions follow variation theory with plenty of opportunities for students to work independently at their own level
  • All questions created by fully qualified expert secondary maths teachers
  • Suitable for GCSE maths revision for AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards

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Volume and surface area of pyramids at a glance

 

A pyramid is a 3d shape. The base of a pyramid is a polygon; every other face of a pyramid is a triangle which meet at a point at the top, usually referred to as the apex. Some common types of pyramids are triangular pyramids, square pyramids (or square base pyramids), rectangular pyramids, pentagonal pyramids, and hexagonal pyramids.

 

If the apex lies directly above the centre of the base, the pyramid is called a right pyramid. If the apex does not lie directly above the centre of the pyramid, it is called an oblique pyramid.

 

The volume of a pyramid is calculated using the formula: V= 1 over 3, multiplied by the area of the base, multiplied by the perpendicular height of the pyramid. 

 

The total surface area of a pyramid (also called lateral surface area) is found by adding the area of the base and the area of each triangular face together. The area of each triangular face can be found by multiplying the length of their base by the perpendicular height of the triangular face, and dividing by 2. The triangular faces may not have the same area as they may not have the same dimensions.

 

You will need to use Pythagoras’ Theorem to calculate the perpendicular height of a face if you are given the slant height between the apex and another vertex.

 

Looking forward, students can then progress to additional geometry worksheets, for example the volume and surface area of prisms worksheet, the volume and surface area of cones worksheet, or the volume and surface area of spheres worksheet.

 

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