Surface Area of Pyramid
In this section we will discuss about surface area of pyramid.Pyramid :
Regular pyramid  Triangular  Quadrilateral  Pentagonal  Hexagonal 
Shape of the base  Triangle  Square or rhombus  Regular pentagon  Regular hexagon 
Top  Vertex  Vertex  Vertex  Vertex 
Shape of the lateral faces  Equilateral triangle  Equilateral triangle  Equilateral triangle  Equilateral triangle 
Number of lateral faces  



Total number of faces  



Right pyramid : If a line drawn through the vertex of pyramid and perpendicular to the base meets the base in its center, it is called a right pyramid and length of the perpendicular is called the height of the pyramid.
If the vertex of a pyramid is P and its base is ΔABC, the pyramid is denoted by
(P – ABC ). The perpendicular from P will meet the base at the centroid G of ΔABC. Hence the height of the pyramid is PG. PB is a slant height.
Lateral surface area = 1/2 x perimeter x slant height = 1/2 pl Total surface area = area of the base + Lateral area = Area of the base + 1/2 pl 
Some solved examples on surface area of pyramid
1) A pyramid with a triangular base with each side of length 10 cm. The slant height of the pyramid is 12 cm. Find the lateral surface area and the total surface area of this pyramid.
Solution :
In pyramid (P – ABC), AB= BC = CA = 10 cm and slant height PD = 12 cm
Lateral surface area = ½ pl = ½ x 30 x 12 = 180 cm ^{2}
Area of ΔABC = (√3 x side ^{2} ) / 4
⇒ = (√3 x 10 ^{2} ) / 4
⇒ = (√3 x 100) / 4
∴ Area of ΔABC = 25 √3 = 25 x 1.73 = 43.25 cm ^{2}
Total surface area = area of base + Lateral area
⇒ = 43.25 + 180
∴ Total surface area = 223.25 cm ^{2}
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2) If the length of each edge of a regular pyramid (P – ABC ) is 30 units, find its slant height.
Solution :
In ΔPDC, ∠D is a right angle,
So by Pythagorean theorem
c ^{2} = a ^{2} + b ^{2}
30 ^{2} = a ^{2} + 15 ^{2}
900 = a ^{2} + 225
∴ a ^{2} = 900 – 225 = 675
∴ a = PD = √675 = 25.98 units.
Surface Area :
• Surface Area of Cube
• Surface Area of Rectangular Prism(Cuboid)
• Surface Area of Cylinder
• Surface Area of Cone
• Surface Area of Sphere and Hemisphere
• Surface Area of Prism
• Surface Area of Pyramid
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