 Surface Area of a Prism
 Surface Area of a Cylinder
 Surface Area of a Pyramid
 Surface Area of a Cone
 Surface area of a Frustum
 Surface Area of the Sphere
 Past KCSE Questions on the Topic.
Surface Area of a Prism
A prism is a solid with uniform cross section. The surface area of a prism is the sum of the area of its faces.
Surface Area of a Cylinder
Area of closed cylinder = 2πr^{2 }+ 2πrh
Area of open cylinder = πr^{2} + 2πrh(area of the botton circle as the top is open)
Example
Find the area of the closed cylinder r =2.8 cm and h = 13 cm
Solution
= 2 (^{22}/_{7} x 2.8 x 2.8) + (2 x ^{22}/_{7} x 2.8 x 13)
= 49.28 cm^{2 }+ 228.8^{2}
= 278.08 cm^{2}
Note;
 For open cylinder do not multiply by two, find the area of only one circle.
Surface Area of a Pyramid
 The surface area of a pyramid is the sum of the area of the slanting faces and the area of the base.
Surface area = base area + area of the four triangular faces (take the slanting height marked green below)
Example
Solution
Surface area = base area + area of the four triangular faces
= (14 x 14) + (^{1}/_{2} x 14 x 14)
= 196 + 252
= 448 mm^{2}
Example
The figure below is a right pyramid with a square base of 4 cm and a slanting edge of 8 cm. Find the surface area of the pyramid.
Solution
a = 4 cm e = 8 cm
Surface area = base area + area of the four triangular bases
= (l x w) + 4 (^{1}/_{2} bh)
Remember height is the slanting height
Slanting height = √(8^{2} − 2^{2})
= √60
Surface area = ( 4 x 4) + 4(^{1}/_{2} x 4 x √60)
= 77.97 cm^{2}
Surface Area of a Cone
Total surface area of a cone= πr^{2} + πrl
Curved surface area of a cone =πrl
Example
Find the surface area of the cone above
Solution
= (3.14 x 4 x 4) + (3.14 x 4 x 5)
= 50.24 +62.8
=113.04 cm^{2}
Note;
 Always use slanting height, if it’s not given find it using Pythagoras theorem
Surface Area of a Frustum
 The bottom part of a cut pyramid or cone is called a frustum. Example of frustums are bucket, a lampshade and a hopper.
Example
Find the surface area of a fabric required to make a lampshade in the form of a frustum whose top and bottom diameters are 20 cm and 30 cm respectively and height 12 cm.
Solution
Complete the cone from which the frustum is made, by adding a smaller cone of height x cm.
h =12, H= x cm, r =10 cm, R =1 5 cm
From the knowledge of similar x = x+12
10 15
15x = 10x + 120
15x − 10x = 120
5x = 120
x = 24
Surface area of a frustum = area of the curved surface of bigger cone −area of curved surface of smaller cone
L = 24 + 12 = 36 cm
Surface area = πRL – πrl
= [^{22}/_{7} × 15 × √(36^{2}+15^{2})] − [^{22}/_{7 }× 10 × √(24^{2} +10^{2})]
=1838.57 cm^{2 }− 817.14 cm^{2}= 1021 cm^{2} 4 s.f
Surface Area of the Sphere
 A sphere is solid that it’s entirely round with every point on the surface at equal distance from the Centre.
Surface area is = 4πr^{2}
Example
Find the surface area of a sphere whose diameter is equal to 21 cm
Solution
Surface area = 4πr^{2}
= 4 x 3.14 x 10.5 x 10.5
= 1386 cm^{2}
Past KCSE Questions on the Topic.
 A swimming pool water surface measures 10m long and 8m wide. A path of uniform width is made all round the swimming pool. The total area of the water surface and the path is 168 m^{2}
 Find the width of the path (4 mks)
 The path is to be covered with square concrete slabs. Each corner of the path is covered with a slab whose side is equal to the width of the path. The rest of the path is covered with slabs of side 50cm. The cost of making each corner slab is sh 600 while the cost of making each smaller slab is sh.50. Calculate
 The number of the smaller slabs used (4 mks)
 The total cost of the slabs used to cover the whole path (2 mks)
 The figure below shows a solid regular tetrapack of sides 4cm.
 Draw a labelled net of the solid. (1 mk)
 Find the surface area of the solid. (2mks)
 The diagram shows a right glass prism ABCDEF with dimensions as shown.
Calculate: the perimeter of the prism (2 mks)
 The total surface area of the prism (3 mks)
 The volume of the prism (2 mks)
 The angle between the planes AFED and BCEF (3 mks)
 The base of a rectangular tank is 3.2m by 2.8m. Its height is 2.4m. It contains water to a depth of 1.8m. Calculate the surface area inside the tank that is not in contact with water (2mks)
 Draw the net of the solid below and calculate surface area of its faces (3 mks)

The figure above is a triangular prism of uniform crosssection in which AF = 4cm, AB = 5cm and BC = 8cm. If angle BAF = 30^{0}, calculate the surface area of the prism. (3 mks)
 Draw a clearly labeled net of the prisms. (1mk)
 Mrs. Dawati decided to open a confectionary shop at corner Baridi. She decorated its entrance with 10 models of cone ice cream, five on each side of the door. The model has the following shape and dimensions. Using π= 3.142 and calculations to 4 d.p.
 Calculate the surface area of the conical part. (2mks)
 Calculate the surface area of the top surface. (4mks)
 Find total surface area of one model. (2mks)
 If painting 5cm^{2 }cost ksh 12.65, find the total cost of painting the models (answer to 1 s.f). (2mks)
 A right pyramid of height 10cm stands on a square base ABCD of side 6 cm.
 Draw the net of the pyramid in the space provided below. (2mks)
 Calculate:
 The perpendicular distance from the vertex to the side AB. (2mks)
 The total surface area of the pyramid. (4 mks)
 The perpendicular distance from the vertex to the side AB. (2mks)
 Calculate the volume of the pyramid. (2 mks)
 The figure below shows a solid object consisting of three parts. A conical part of radius 2 cm and slant height 3.5 cm a cylindrical part of height 4 cm. A hemispherical part of radius 3 cm. The cylinder lies at the centre of the hemisphere.
Calculate to four significant figures: The surface area of the solid (5 marks)
 The volume of the solid (5 marks)
 A lampshade is in the form of a frustrum of a cone. Its bottom and top diameters are 12 cm and 8cm respectively. Its height is 6cm.Find;
 The area of the curved surface of the lampshade
 The material used for making the lampshade is sold at Kshs. 800 per square metres. Find the cost of ten lampshades if a lampshade is sold at twice the cost of the material
 A cylindrical piece of wood of radius 4.2cm and length 1 50cm is cut lengthwise into two equal pieces. Calculate the surface area of one piece
 The base of an open rectangular tank is 3.2m by 2.8m. Its height is 2.4m. It contains water to a depth of 1 .8m. Calculate the surface area inside the tank that is not in contact with water
 The figure below represents a model of a solid structure in the shape of frustrum of a cone with a hemisphere top. The diameter of the hemispherical part is 70cm and is equal to the diameter of thetop of the frustrum. The frustrum has a base diameter of 28cm and slant height of 60cm.
Calculate: The area of the hemispherical surface
 The slant height of cone from which the frustrum was cut
 The surface area of frustrum
 The area of the base
 The total surface area of the model
 A room is 6.8m long, 4.2m wide and 3.5m high. The room has two glass doors each measuring 75cm by 2.5m and a glass window measuring 400 cm by 1.25 m. The walls are to be painted except the window and doors.
 Find the total area of the four walls
 Find the area of the walls to be painted
 Paint A costs Shs.80 per litre and paint B costs Shs.35 per litre. 0.8 litres of A covers an area of 1m^{2 }while 0.5m^{2 }uses 1 litre of paint B. If two coats of each paint are to be applied. Find the cost of painting the walls using:
 Paint A
 Paint B
 If paint A is packed in 400ml tins and paint B in 1.25litres tins, find the least number of tins of each type of paint that must be bought.
 The figure below shows a solid frustrum of pyramid with a square top of side 8cm and a square base of side 12 cm. The slant edge of the frustrum is 9cm
Calculate: The total surface area of the frustrum
 The volume of the solid frustrum
 The angle between the planes BCHG and the base EFGH.
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