Mensuration Formulas for O-Level E Math
Dive into our list of Mensuration Formulas, to make sure you can solve Mensuration problems with ease in your O-Levels E-Math papers with this formula sheet.
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1. We use millimetres (mm), centimetres (cm), metres (m) and kilometres (km) as units for measuring lengths or distances.
The units are related as follows:
1km = 1000m; 1m = 100cm; 1cm = 10mm
2. Perimeter of a circle is referred to as the circumference. The circumference, C, of a circle of radius, r, can be obtained by using this formula, circumference = 2 × π × r where π = 3.14 or 22⁄7.
3. Area of a closed figure is the amount of space it covers. It is measured in square units.
a) 1 cm2 = 1 cm × 1 cm
= 10 mm × 10 mm
= 100 mm2
b) 1 m2 = 1 m × 1 m
= 100 cm × 100 cm
= 10 000 cm2
c) 1 km2 = 1 km × 1 km
= 1 000 m × 1 000 m
= 1 000 000 m2
Hectare (ha) is a unit for measuring large land areas such as farms.
1 ha = 10 000 m2
5. Area of a triangle = 1⁄2 × base × height
6. Area of a parallelogram = base × height
7. Area of a trapezium = 1⁄2 × (sum of parallel sides) × height
8. Area of a circle = π × r2, where π = 3.14 or 22⁄7.
Volume of an object is the amount of space it occupies. We use cubic metre (m3), cubic centimetre (cm3) and millimetre (mm3) as units for measuring volumes.
a) 1 cm3 = 1 cm × 1 cm × 1 cm
= 10 mm × 10 mm × 10 mm
= 1000 mm3
b) 1 m3 = 1 m × 1 m × 1 m
= 100 cm × 100 cm × 100 cm
= 1 000 000 cm3
c) 1 km3 = 1 km × 1 km × 1 km
= 1 000 m × 1 000 m × 1 000 m
= 1 000 000 000 m3
10. Volume of a cuboid = length × breadth × height
11. Volume of a cube = length × length × length
12. A cylinder is a special prism with a circular cross-section. Hence, its volume can be found by multiplying the area of the circular base by its height.
Volume of cylinder = Πr2h
13. A cube has 6 equal faces. Therefore, its surface area is obtained by multiplying the area of one face by 6.
14.The lateral surface of a cylinder is also called the curved surface. If we rolled up a piece of rectangular sheet, the rectangular sheet will become the curved surface of the cylinder.
Area of rectangle = curved surface area of the cylinder
Hence, total surface area of a solid cylinder = area of curved surface + 2 × area of base
= 2πrh + 2πr2
Volume and Surface Area of a Pyramid
A pyramid is a solid that has a base with a perpendicular vertex and slant lateral faces.
The base can be any polygon with 3 sides or more (triangle, a square, or a rectangle, etc.)
Volume of pyramid = 1⁄3 × base area × height Base area = s²
Surface area of 4 sides = 1⁄2 × s × l × 4 sides
Surface area of pyramid = 1⁄2 × base area + total area of slant ∆ faces
= s2 + 2sl
Volume and Surface Area of a Cone
A cone is a solid with a circular base and a vertex.
Arc length = circumference of circular base
Curved surface area of cone = πrl
Volume of cone = 1⁄3πr2
Surface area of a cone
= Area of circle + Area of curved surface
= πr2 + πrl
r = radius
l = length of slant height =√(r2+h2)
Volume and Surface Area of a Sphere and Hemisphere (Half-Sphere)
Every point on the surface of a sphere is equidistance from the centre.
A hemisphere is half a sphere.
Volume of sphere = 4⁄3πr3
Surface area of a sphere = 4πr2
Volume of hemisphere = 1⁄2 × volume of sphere = 2⁄3πr3
Surface area = 1⁄2 × spherical surface area + area of circle
= 2πr2+ πr2 = 3πr2
Volume and Surface Area of a Prism
Volume of prism = Base area × Height
Or Area of cross-section × Length
Surface area of a prism = Area of all the faces
Or 2 × Cross-Sectional Area + (Perimeter of Cross Section) × length of prism
Volume of triangular prism = 1⁄2 × b × h × l
Radian is another unit of measure for angles, similar to degrees.
One radian is the angle made at the center of a circle by an arc whose length is equal to the radius of the circle.
Conversion from radians and degrees
2π radians = 360°
π radians = 360°⁄2 = 180°
1 radian = 180°⁄π
Conversion from degree to radians
360°= 2π radians
180° = π radians
1°= π⁄180 rad
Conversion between radians and degrees
Part of a Circle
If θ is measured in degree then arc length = θ°⁄360° × 2πr
If θ is measured in radian then arc length = θ°⁄2π × 2πr = rθ
Area of Sector
Area of circle = πr²
If θ is measured in degree then area of sector = θ°⁄360 × πr² = rθ
If θ is measured in radian then area of sector = θ°⁄2π × πr² = 1⁄2 r²θ
Area of Segment
Area of segment = Area of Sector ‒ Area of Triangle
= θ°⁄360° × πr² ‒ 1⁄2 r² sinθ (if θ is a degree)
= 1⁄2 r²θ ‒1⁄2 r²sinθ (if θ is a radian)
Important: If angles are in radian, change the calculator to radian mode.
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