# Don't get surface area questions

• Oct 11th 2012, 07:51 AM
BobThePizzaBoy
Don't get surface area questions
I posted this last night but I have since gotten answers for one of the questions but still do not get two at all. (Headbang)

1. "Find the total surface area of the following figure.
Hint: The surface area formula for the cone includes the base of the cone. Substract this value."
Image:
http://www.omegamath.com/scripts/geometry/Gtest/image924.gif

I do not get this at all. Someone please just respond with clear directions on how I measure the surface area for this particular image. An answer would be appreciated too of course, it would help in figuring out how I do this!

2. "Find the total surface area of the following figure. The back of the figure is a rectangle. Disregard the bottom of the figure."
Image:
http://www.omegamath.com/scripts/geometry/Gtest/image925.gif

This one seems to be the same way, so same deal as #1.

• Oct 11th 2012, 10:22 AM
MarkFL
Re: Don't get surface area questions
1.) The lateral surface area of a cone is:

$A_1=\pi rl$

where $r$ is the radius and $l$ is the lateral height.

The surface area of a hemisphere is:

$A_2=\frac{2}{3}\pi r^3$

Now add these the get the total area:

$A=A_1+A_2=\pi rl+\frac{2}{3}\pi r^3=\frac{\pi r}{3}\left(3l+2r^2 \right)$

Now use $r=2\text{ cm}$ and $l=5\text{ cm}$ to find the surface area of the given solid.

2.) The back of the figure is a rectangle having a base $b$ of 16 in and a height $h$ of 7 in.

The area of a rectangle is $A_R=bh$

The two sides are trapezoids having big base $B$ of 7 in and little base $b$ of 3 in and height $h$ of 3 in.

The area of a trapezoid is $A_T=\frac{h}{2}(B+b)$

The front is two rectangles. The vertical rectangle has a base of 16 in and a height of 3 in, and the slanted rectangle has a base of 16 in and a height which is the hypotenuse of a right triangle having legs of 3 in and 4 in. Using the Pythagorean theorem, we find this is:

$\sqrt{3^2+4^2}=5$

So, put this all together to find the requested surface area.
• Dec 13th 2012, 04:00 AM
gasper43
Re: Don't get surface area questions
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