Surface Areas and Volumes Class 10 Notes

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The concept of surface area and volume for class 10 is provided here. In this article, we are going to discuss the surface area and volume for different solid shapes such as the cube, cuboid, cone, cylinder, and so on. The surface area can be generally classified into Lateral Surface Area (LSA), Total Surface Area (TSA), and Curved Surface Area (CSA). Here, let us discuss the surface area formulas and volume formulas for different three-dimensional shapes in detail. In this chapter, the combination of different solid shapes can be studied. Also, the procedure to find the volume and its surface area in detail.

Cuboid and its Surface Area

The surface area of a cuboid is equal to the sum of the areas of its six rectangular faces. Consider a cuboid whose dimensions are × × h respectively.

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Cuboid with length l, breadth b and height h

The total surface area of the cuboid (TSA) = Sum of the areas of all its six faces
TSA (cuboid) = 2(× b2(× h2(× h2(lblh)

Lateral surface area (LSA) is the area of all the sides apart from the top and bottom faces.
The lateral surface area of the cuboid = Area of face AEHD + Area of face BFGC + Area of face ABFE + Area of face DHGC
LSA (cuboid) = 2(× h2(× h2h(b)

Length of diagonal of a cuboid =√(l+ b+ h2)

Cube and its Surface Area

For a cube, length = breadth = height

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Cube with length l

TSA (cube) =× (3l26l2
Similarly, the Lateral surface area of cube 2(× × l4l2
Note: Diagonal of a cube =√3l

Cylinder and its Surface Area

Take a cylinder of base radius r and height h units. The curved surface of this cylinder, if opened along the diameter (d = 2r) of the circular base can be transformed into a rectangle of length 2πr and height h units. Thus,

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Transformation of a Cylinder into a rectangle.

CSA of a cylinder of base radius r and height 2π × × h
TSA  of a cylinder of base radius r and height 2π × × h + area of two circular bases
=2π × × 2πr2

Right Circular Cone and its Surface Area

Consider a right circular cone with slant length l, radius r and height h.

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Cone with base radius r and height h

CSA of right circular cone πrl
TSA = CSA + area of base πrπrπr(r)

Sphere and its Surface Area

For a sphere of radius r

Curved Surface Area (CSA) = Total Surface Area (TSA) = 4πr2

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Sphere with radius r

Volume of a Cuboid

Volume of a cuboid (base area× heigh(lb)lbh

Volume of a Cube

Volume of a cube = base are× height
Since all dimensions of a cube are identical, volume = l3
Where l is the length of the edge of the cube.

Volume of a Cylinder

Volume of a cylinder = Base area × height = (πr2× πr2h

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Cylinder with height h and base radius r 

Volume of a Right Circular Cone

The volume of a Right circular cone is 1/3 times that of a cylinder of same height and base.
In other words, 3 cones make a cylinder of the same height and base.
The volume of a Right circular cone =(1/3)πr2h
Where r is the radius of the base and h is the height of the cone.

The volume of a Sphere

The volume of a sphere of radius r = (4/3)πr3

Hemisphere and its Surface Area

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Hemisphere of radius r


We know that the CSA of a sphere  4πr2.

A hemisphere is half of a sphere.
CSA of a hemisphere of radius r 2πr2
Total Surface Area = curved surface area + area of the base circle
TSA 3πr2

Volume of Hemisphere

The volume (V) of a hemisphere will be half of that of a sphere.
 The volume of the hemisphere of radius r (2/3)πr3

Combination of Solids

Surface Area of Combined Figures

Areas of complex figures can be broken down and analysed as simpler known shapes. By finding the areas of these known shapes, we can find out the required area of the unknown figure.
Example: 2 cubes each of volume 64 cm3  are joined end to end. Find the surface area of the resulting cuboid.
Length of each cube 64(1/3) 4cm
Since these cubes are joined adjacently,  they form a cuboid whose length l = 8 cm. But height and breadth will remain same = 4 cm.

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Combination of 2 equal cubes

The new surface area, TSA = 2(lb + bh + lh)

TSA = 2 (8 x 4 + 4 x 4 + 8 x 4)

= 2(32 + 16 + 32)

= 2 (80)

TSA = 160 cm2

Volume of Combined Solids

The volume of complex objects can be simplified by visualising it as a combination of shapes of known solids.
Example: A solid is in the shape of a cone standing on a hemisphere with both their radii being equal to 3 cm and the height of the cone is equal to 5 cm.
This can be visualised as follows :

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Volume of combined solids

V(solid) = V(Cone) + V(hemisphere)

V(solid) = (1/3)πr2h + (2/3)πr3

V(solid) = (1/3)π(9)(5) + (2/3)π(27)

V(solid) = 33π cm3

Shape Conversion of Solids

Frustum of a Cone

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If a right circular cone is sliced by a plane parallel to its base, then the part with the two circular bases is called a Frustum.

Surface Area of a Frustum

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Frustum with radius r1 and r2 and height h

CSA of frustum =π(r1+r2)l,  where l= √[h2+(r– r1)2]

TSA of the frustum is the CSA + the areas of the two circular faces = π(rr2)π(r12 r22)

Volume of a Frustum

The volume of a frustum of a cone =(1/3)πh(r12 r2r1r2)

Shape Conversion of Solids

When a solid is converted into another solid of a different shape(by melting or casting), the volume remains constant.

Suppose a metallic sphere of radius 9 cm is melted and recast into the shape of a cylinder of radius 6 cm. Since the volume remains the same after a recast, the volume of the cylinder will be equal to the volume of the sphere.

The radius of the cylinder is known however the height is not known. Let h be the height of the cylinder.
r1 and r2 be the radius of the sphere and cylinder respectively. Then,
V(sphere) = V(cylinder)
4/3π(93π(62)h                   (On substituting the values)

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