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Volume of Prisms and Cylinders Worksheets

How do you find the volume of cylinders and triangular prisms? We all are familiar with three-dimensional shapes. Three-dimensional shapes are defined by three characteristic properties, i.e., height, length, and width. We all observe these shapes in our daily life. From our ice-cream to basketballs, three-dimensional shapes are found everywhere around us. You must have enjoyed a soft drink can. But have you ever built a camping tent? Triangular Prisms - Camping tents have a triangular prism shape. Mathematically, a triangular prism is a polyhedron (a solid figure having many plane faces) combination of triangles and rectangles. A triangular prism has three sides with three edges and two triangular bases. Its sides are in rectangular, and the edges of triangular prism connect the corresponding sides. It bases have equilateral triangles with their edges being parallel to each other. Volume Of The Triangular Prisms - The formula finds the volume of the triangular prism, V= 1/2 x b x h x l. Where, b is the base length, h is the height of the triangle, l is the length between the triangular bases. Cylinders - Our food cans, soft drink cans have a cylindrical shape. A cylinder is a 3d shape with two identical flat sides and one curved side. Cylinders have the same cross-section throughout. Volume - The formula can find the volume of the cylinder, V= Π x r2 x h Where, Π (constant) is taken as 3.14, r is the radius of the circular end of the cylinder, h is the height of the cylinder. The worksheets and lessons below will help you learn and practice these skills.

Aligned Standard: High School Geometry - HSG-GMD.A.3

  • Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.

Homework Sheets

These are equations that you will want your students to have experience with.

  • Homework 1 - Volume of a triangular prism: Volume= 1/2 × base× height × length. remember to place the proper units.
  • Homework 2 - Volume of a cylinder: Volume = Π r2 h. These are some pretty plump cylinders that will hold a lot of something.
  • Homework 3 - Use that formula to put everything together. This serves as a good practice set.

Practice Worksheets

For some odd reason the cylinder really gives students trouble.

  • Practice 1 - What is the volume of this cylinder? Given the measures and use proper units.
  • Practice 2 - Use these numbers in the volume formula to solve a series of problems for yourself.
  • Practice 3 - A different approach to this technique can be used.

Math Skill Quizzes

I used color in the objects to add a degree of depth and perspective of the objects.

  • Quiz 1 - Find the radius and height of the cylinder and you will look at all the geometric shapes here too.
  • Quiz 2 - Put it all together here and see what you can do with this one.
  • Quiz 3 - See if you have a good idea of what is expected of you with this skill.

Where Do We Regularly Use These Measures?

Soda Can

You would be surprised by how often corporations have people working on this very skill set. Think about all the products you have in your home that are cylinder shaped. Do you think Pepsi or Coca Cola cares about this measure? Of course, they do when they sell North of twenty-five billion dollars of their product in cylindrical cans. Both of these companies have tested selling a can that held less volume than their traditional twelve ounce can. The point being to make people pay the same amount money for less product. Yeah, that did not go over too well with customers. They are often playing with the materials that their cans and bottles are made of to reduce costs instead while still being safe for shipping and packaging. Besides soda cans, this applies to all types of products including coffee, ice cream, candles, and even cans of tennis balls. The construction of rockets that are to reach outer space involves a great deal of thought on what materials to use to achieve the best weight to thrust ratio.

You will find that triangular prism measure of volume common when determining the capacity of an upstairs attic. When contractors are trying to improve the air quality or temperature in there, it becomes a critical aspect of the process. In fact just about anyone who is trying to improve air quality, cooling, or heating needs to have a firm grasp on the details of this topic. You will also find this a critical measure of most camping tents which indicates how many people can use it for shelter, primarily sleeping.

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