Surface Area of a Sphere Definition
The surface area of a sphere is defined as the amount of region covered by the surface of a sphere. A Sphere is a three-dimensional solid object having a round structure, just like a circle. The difference between a sphere and a circle is that a circle is in 2-dimension, whereas, a sphere is a 3-dimensional shape.
From a visual perspective, it has a three-dimensional structure that forms by rotating a disc that is circular with one of the diagonals. Let us consider an instance where spherical ball faces are painted. To paint the whole surface, the paint quantity required has to be known beforehand. Hence the area of every face has to be known to calculate the paint quantity for painting the same. We define this term as the total surface area. The surface area of a sphere is equal to the areas of the entire face surrounding it.
Surface Area of a Sphere Formula
The surface area of a sphere formula is given by,
A = 4 π r2 square units
For any three-dimensional shapes, the area of the object can be categorised into three types. They are
- Curved Surface Area
- Lateral Surface Area
- Total Surface Area
Curved Surface Area: The curved surface area is the area of all the curved regions of the solid
Lateral Surface Area: The lateral surface area is the area of all the regions except bases(i.e., top and bottom)
Total Surface Area: The total surface area is the area of all the sides, top and bottom the solid object.
In case of a Sphere, it has no flat surface
Therefore the Total surface area of a sphere = Curved surface area of a sphere
Surface Area of a Sphere Example Problems
|Example 1– Calculate the cost required to paint a football which is in the shape of a sphere having a radius of 7 cm. If the painting cost of football is INR 2.5/square cm. (Take π = 22/7)
The total surface area of a sphere = 4 π r2 square units
= 4 × (22/7) × 7 × 7
= 616 cm2
Therefore, total cost of painting the container = 2.5 × 616 = Rs. 1540
Example 2- Calculate the curved surface area of a sphere having radius equals to 3.5 cm(Take π= 22/7)
Curved surface area = Total surface area = 4 π r2 square units
= 4 × (22/7) × 3.5 × 3.5
Therefore, the curved surface area of a sphere= 154 cm2
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