11.5: Volume of Pyramids and Cones
Learning Objectives
 Find the volume of a pyramid.
 Find the volume of a cone.
Review Queue
 Find the volume of a square prism with 8 inch base edges and a 12 inch height.
 Find the volume of a cylinder with a diameter of 8 inches and a height of 12 inches.
 In your answers from #1 and #2, which volume is bigger? Why do you think that is?
 Find the surface area of a square pyramid with 10 inch base edges and a height of 12 inches.
Know What? The Khafre Pyramid is the second largest pyramid of the Ancient Egyptian Pyramids in Giza. It is a square pyramid with a base edge of 706 feet and an original height of 407.5 feet. What was the original volume of the Khafre Pyramid?
Volume of a Pyramid
Recall that the volume of a prism is
Investigation 111: Finding the Volume of a Pyramid
Tools needed: pencil, paper, scissors, tape, ruler, dry rice or sand.
 Make an open net (omit one base) of a cube, with 2 inch sides.
 Cut out the net and tape up the sides to form an open cube.
 Make an open net (no base) of a square pyramid, with lateral edges of 2.45 inches and base edges of 2 inches. This will make the overall height 2 inches.
 Cut out the net and tape up the sides to form an open pyramid.
 Fill the pyramid with dry rice. Then, dump the rice into the open cube. How many times do you have to repeat this to fill the cube?
Volume of a Pyramid: If
The investigation showed us that you would need to repeat this process three times to fill the cube. This means that the pyramid is onethird the volume of a prism with the same base.
Example 1: Find the volume of the pyramid.
Solution:
Example 2: Find the volume of the pyramid.
Solution: In this example, we are given the slant height. For volume, we need the height, so we need to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find it.
Using the height, the volume is
Example 3: Find the volume of the pyramid.
Solution: The base of this pyramid is a right triangle. So, the area of the base is
Example 4: A rectangular pyramid has a base area of
Solution: The formula for the volume of a pyramid works for any pyramid, as long as you can find the area of the base.
Volume of a Cone
The volume of cone has the same relationship with a cylinder as pyramid does with a prism. If the bases of a cone and a cylinder are the same, then the volume of a cone will be onethird the volume of the cylinder.
Volume of a Cone: If
Example 5: Find the volume of the cone.
Solution: To find the volume, we need the height, so we have to use the Pythagorean Theorem.
Now, we can find the volume.
Example 6: Find the volume of the cone.
Solution: Even though this doesn’t look like the cone in Example 5, we can still find the volume in the same way. Use the radius in the formula.
Example 7: The volume of a cone is
Solution: Plug in what you know to the volume formula.
Example 8: Find the volume of the composite solid. All bases are squares.
Solution: This is a square prism with a square pyramid on top. Find the volume of each separately and then add them together to find the total volume. First, we need to find the height of the pyramid portion. The slant height is 25 and the edge is 48. Using have of the edge, we have a right triangle and we can use the Pythagorean Theorem.
The total volume is
Know What? Revisited The original volume of the pyramid is
Review Questions
Find the volume of each regular pyramid and right cone. Round any decimal answers to the nearest hundredth. The bases of these pyramids are either squares or equilateral triangles.
Find the volume of the following nonregular pyramids and cones. Round any decimal answers to the nearest hundredth.
 base is a rectangle
A regular tetrahedron has four equilateral triangles as its faces. Use the diagram to answer questions 1619.
 What is the area of the base of this regular tetrahedron?
 What is the height of this figure? Be careful!
 Find the volume. Leave your answer in simplest radical form.

Challenge If the sides are length
s , what is the volume?
A regular octahedron has eight equilateral triangles as its faces. Use the diagram to answer questions 2022.
 Describe how you would find the volume of this figure.
 Find the volume. Leave your answer in simplest radical form.

Challenge If the sides are length
s , what is the volume?  The volume of a square pyramid is 72 square inches and the base edge is 4 inches. What is the height?
 If the volume of a cone is
30π cm2 and the radius is 5 cm, what is the height?  If the volume of a cone is
105π cm2 and the height is 35 cm, what is the radius?
Find the volume of the composite solids. Round your answer to the nearest hundredth.
 The ratio of the height to radius in a cone is 3:2. If the volume is
108π m3 , find the height and radius of the cone.  A teepee is to be built such that there is a minimal cylindrical shaped central living space contained within the cone shape of diameter 6 ft and height 6 ft. If the radius of the entire teepee is 5 ft, find the total height of the teepee.
Review Queue Answers

(82)(12)=768 in3 
(42)(12)π=192π≈603.19  The volume of the square prism is greater because the square base is larger than a circle with the same diameter as the square’s edge.
 Find slant height,
l=13 .SA=100+12(40)(13)=360 in2
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