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Mensuration is the branch of geometry that deals with the measurement of area, length, or volume in 2D and 3D shapes. The 2D and 3D shapes are often called geometric shapes.

In this article, we will learn all the mensuration formulas for various 2-D and 3-D shapes in detail.

Mensuration Definition

Mensuration is measuring various parameters of 2-D and 3-D shapes. We see various 3-D shapes in our daily lives whose parameters we have to find. So, mensuration formulas are deduced to solve our problems. With the help of mensuration formulas, we can find the area, perimeter, and volume of various objects.

Types of Geometrical Shapes

Geometrical shapes of various types are broadly categorized into two different categories.

  • 2-Dimensional Shapes
  • 3-Dimensional Shapes

2 Dimensional Shapes

2D objects have only two dimensions, width and length, but no thickness. Like a square, rectangle, triangle, or circle. In mathematical representation, it has Two-axis (X and Y). Having only two-axis and no thickness, these 2D objects do not exist in the real world and can be represented only by using plain surfaces.

Examples of various 2-D shapes are Circle, Triangle, Rectangle, Square, etc.

2-Dimensional Shapes

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3 Dimensional Shapes

In 3D objects have three dimensions (such as height, width, and depth), like any object in the real world. The 3D shapes are called solid shapes. In mathematical representation, it has three-axis (X, Y, and Z). Unlike 2D shapes, 3D shapes have more parameters to cover. 3D objects have some volume and Total Surface area that uses all three dimensions i.e. length, width, and depth of the object.

Examples of various 3-D shapes are Pyramid, Prism, Cube, Cuboid, etc.3D shapes

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Mensuration Formulas

Mensuration formulas involve all mensuration formulas for both 3D and 2D shapes. The most commonly used formula is the surface area and volume of these shapes. However, let us learn all the formulas for these shapes.

Mensuration Formulas for 2D shapes

Formulas for the surface area and perimeter of 2D Shapes are discussed below in this article:

Rectangle

A rectangle is a 2D shape, having 4 sides and 4 corners. The rectangle is a quadrilateral with four right angles, so, each angle is 90°. The sum of all the interior angles is equal to 360 degrees. The opposite sides are parallel and equal to each other. Diagonals of a rectangle have the same length.

Rectangle Formula

Various formulas of the rectangle are,

  • Perimeter of a Rectangle = 2 (Length+Breadth)
  • Area of a Rectangle = Length × Breadth

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Square

A square is a 2D shape plane figure with four equal sides and all four angles are equal to 90 degrees. Diagonals of a square are of equal length.

Square Formula

Various formulas of the square are,

  • Area of a Square = (Side)2
  • Perimeter of a Square = 4(Side)

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Circle

A circle is a basic 2D shape, and it is a set of points in a plane that are equidistant from the centre. The distance between the centre and any point on the circumference is called the radius.

Circle Formula

Various formulas of the circle are,

  • Diameter of a Circle = 2 × Radius
  • Circumference of a Circle = π × Diameter or 2 × π × Radius
  • Area of a Circle = π × Radius2

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Triangle

A triangle has three sides and three inclusive angles. All three angles of a triangle always add up to 180°.

 Triangle Formula

Various formulas of the triangle are,

  • Area of a Triangle = ½ × b × h
  • Perimeter of Triangle = Sum of All Sides

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Parallelogram

A parallelogram is a 2D shape whose opposite sides are parallel to each other, It has four sides, where the pair of parallel sides are equal in length.

Parallelogram Formula

Various formulas of the parallelogram are,

  • Perimeter of a Parallelogram = 2 (a+b)
  • Area of a Parallelogram = b × h

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Mensuration Formulas for 3D Shapes

Mensuration Formula of 3D Shapes are discussed below in this article.

Cube

Cube is a solid 3D figure, which has 6 square faces, 8 vertices, and 12 edges, such that 3 edges meet at one vertex point. An example of a cube is a piece of Sugar or ice with six square sides.

Cube Formula

Various formulas of the Cube are,

  • Volume of a Cube = side3 cubic units
  • Lateral Surface Area of a Cube= 4 × side2 sq. units
  • Total Surface Area of a Cube= 6 × side2 sq. units
  • Diagonal of Cube = √3.(side)

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Cuboid

A cuboid is a 3D figure with three sides where all the sides are not equal. All of its faces are rectangles having a total of 6 faces, 8 vertices, and 12 edges.

Cuboid Formula

Various cuboid formulas are,

  • Volume of a Cuboid = (length × width × height) cubic units
  • Lateral Surface Area of a Cuboid = 2 × height (length + width) sq. units
  • Total Surface Area of a Cuboid = 2(length × width + length × height + height × width) sq. units
  • Diagonal length of a Cuboid = √(length2 + breadth2 + height2) units

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Sphere

A sphere is an object that is an absolutely round geometrical shape in 3D space. It is the set of all points in a space equidistant from a given point called the centre of the sphere. The distance between any point of the sphere and its centre is called the radius(R).

Sphere Formula

Various sphere formulas are,

  • Volume of a Sphere = 4/3 × π × (radius)³ cubic units
  • Surface Area of a Sphere = 4 × π × (radius)² sq. units

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Cone

A cone is a three-dimensional geometric shape. It is formed by using a set of line segments or the lines which connect a common point, called the apex or vertex. The base of a cone it has circular, so we can compute the value of the radius. And the length of the cone from the apex to any point on the circumference of the base is the slant height.

Cone Formula

Various cone formulas are,

  • Volume of Cone = 1/3 × π × (radius)² × (height) cubic units
  • Curved Surface Area of Cone = π × radius × slant height square units
  • Total Surface Area of Cone = π × radius × (slant height + radius) square units

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Hemisphere

A Hemisphere is a 3-D figure. That is formed by taking half of the sphere and hence is called the Hemisphere. A hemisphere has two surface.

Hemisphere Formula

Various Hemisphere formulas are,

  • Volume of Hemisphere = 2/3 × π × (radius)² × (height) cubic units
  • Curved Surface Area of Hemisphere = 2π × (radius)²
  • Total Surface Area of Hemisphere = 3π × (radius)²

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Cylinder

Cylinder is a 3-D figure formed by three surface, one rectange surface and two circular faces. In cylinder the rectangular surface is curved to form a curved surface and the circular surface forms the base and top of the cylinder.

Cylinder Formula

Various cylinder formulas are,

  • Volume of Cylinder = π × (radius)² × (height) cubic units
  • Curved Surface Area of Cykinder = 2π × (radius) × (height) square units
  • Total Surface Area of Cylinder = 2π × (radius) × (height + radius) square units

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Solved Examples on Mensuration

Example 1: Find the area of a square with a side of 15 cm.

Solution:

Area of a square = side × side

Here, side = 15 cm

Area = 15 × 15= 225

Therefore, the area of the square = 225 cm2

Example 2: Find the area and perimeter of a square whose side is 25 cm.

Solution:

Side = a = 25 cm

Area of a square = a2 square units

Area of a square = 252

Area of square = 25 × 25 
                         = 625

Therefore, area of a square = 625 cm2

Perimeter of a Square = 4a units

P = 4 × 25 =100

Therefore, perimeter of a square is 100 cm

Example 3: Find the surface area of a cuboid with a length of 3 units, a width of 4 units, and a height of 5 units.

Solution:

Given,

Length of the cuboid = 3 units

Breadth of the cuboid = 4 units

Height of the cuboid = 5 units

Surface Area of cuboid = 2 × (lb + bh + lh) square units

= 2[(3 × 4) + (4 × 5) + (3 × 5)]

= 2(12 + 20 + 15)

= 2(47)

= 94 square units

Therefore, surface area of the cuboid is 94 square units.

Example 4: Find the area and circumference of a circle whose radius is 7 cm.

Solution: 

Radius of circle = 7 cm

Area of a circle = π × r2   (π = 22/7)

                          = 22/7 × 7 × 7

                          = 154 cm2

Therefore, Area of the circle = 154 square cm

Circumference of a circle = 2πr

                                           = 2 × (22/7) × 7

                                           = 44 cm

Therefore, circumference of the circle is 44 cm

Mensuration Practice Questions

Q1: Find the area of an equilateral triangle of side 24cm.

Q2: Find the volume, lateral surface area, total surface area and diagonal of a cuboid whose length, breadth and height are 10 cm, 15 cm and 20 cm respectively.

Q3: Find the volume, lateral surface area, total surface area and diagonal of a cube whose each side measures 15 cm.

Q4: Find the volume, curved surface area, total surface area of a cylinder whose radius is 21 cm and height is 14 cm.

Q5: Find the volume, curved surface area, total surface area of a cone whose radius is 7 cm and height is 14 cm.

Q6: Find the volume and surface area of a sphere of radius 28 cm.

Q7: Find the volume, curved surface area, total surface area of a hemisphere whose radius is 18 cm.

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FAQs on Mensuration

Who Introduced Mensuration?

Archimedes was credited for the introduction of mensuration. He is one of the greatest mathematicians of the ancient era. He was the first to formulate the perimeter and the area of various 2-D shapes.

What is Mensuration in Maths?

Mensuration in mathematics is defined as the study of the measurement such as the area and perimeter of various 2D and 3D geometric shapes.

What is Difference Between Mensuration and Geometry?

Mensuration is the study of the calculation of various parameters of 2-D and 3-D shapes such as the perimeter, area, volume, etc. while in geometry we deal with the study of properties and relations of points and lines of various shapes.

What is Volume of Sphere?

Volume of sphere is defined as the total capacity of material a sphere can hold. For a sphere of radius “r” the voume is calculated using the formula,

Volume of Sphere = 4/3π(r3)

It is measured in cubic units.

What is Surface Area of Cone?

Surface Area of Cone is defined as the total space occupied by the Cone. It is also called the total surface area (TSA) of cone. For a cone of radius “r” and slant height “l” the surface area is calculated using the formula,

TSA of Cone = πr(l + r)

It is measured in square units.



Last Updated : 18 Feb, 2024
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