Mensuration
Mensuration is a branch of mathematics concerned with the calculation of geometric figures and their parameters such as weight, volume, form, surface area, lateral surface area, and so on. At GeeksforGeeks, you can learn about mensuration in a very easy manner. Principles of mensuration along with all the essential formulas of mensuration are discussed here.
For a better understanding of these ideas, the properties of various geometric forms and the accompanying figures are also shown. Mensuration is a branch of mathematics that deals with the scale, volume, or area of various geometric forms. These forms are available in two or three dimensions.
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Difference Between 2D and 3D shapes
2D Shape  3D Shape 

Any shape is 2D if it is bound by three or more straight lines in a plane.  A shape is a threedimensional shape if there are several surfaces or planes around it. 
There is no height or depth in these shapes.  In contrast to 2D forms, these are sometimes known as solid shapes and have height or depth. 
These shapes just have length and width as their dimensions.  Since they have depth (or height), breadth, and length, they are referred to as threedimensional objects. 
We can calculate their perimeter and area.  Their volume, curved surface area, lateral surface area, or total surface area can all be calculated. 
Mensuration in MathsTerminology
Terms  Abbreviation  Unit  Definition 

Area  A  m^{2} or cm^{2}  The surface that the closed form covers is known as the area. 
Perimeter  P  cm or m  A perimeter is the length of the continuous line that encircles the specified figure. 
Volume  V  cm^{3} or m^{3}  A 3D shape’s space is referred to as its volume. 
Curved Surface Area  CSA  m^{2} or cm^{2}  The overall area is known as a Curved surface area if there is a curved surface. Example: Sphere 
Lateral Surface area  LSA  m^{2} or cm^{2}  The term “Lateral Surface area” refers to the combined area of all lateral surfaces that encircle the provided figure. 
Total Surface Area  TSA  m^{2} or cm^{2}  The total surface area is the total of all the curved and lateral surface areas. 
Square Unit  –  m^{2} or cm^{2}  A square unit is the area that a square of side one unit covers. 
Cube Unit  –  m^{3} or cm^{3}  The space taken up by a cube with a single side. 
Mensuration of 2D shapes
Mensuration is the measuring theory. It is the field of mathematics that is used to measure various figures such as cube, cuboid, square, rectangle, cylinder, and so on. Mensuration of twodimensional figures such as area, perimeter, and so on. The form or figure having two dimensions, such as length and breadth, is referred to as a 2D form. For example, square, rectangle, triangle, parallelogram, trapezium, rhombus, and so on. We can measure 2D forms using Area (A) and Perimeter (P) as discussed below:
 Introduction to Mensuration
 Area of Trapezium
 Area of Polygons
 Area of General Quadrilateral
 Heron’s Formula
 Applications of Heron’s Formula
 Area of 2D Shapes
 Perimeter of circular figures,
 Areas of sector and segment of a circle
 Areas of combination of plane figures
 Circle
Mensuration of 3D shapes
Mensuration is concerned with the measuring of threedimensional solids in terms of total surface area, lateral/curved surface area, and volume. 3D figures are those that have more than two dimensions, such as length, breadth, and height. Cube, Cuboid, Sphere, Cylinder, Cone, and other threedimensional forms are examples. Total Surface Area, Lateral Surface Area, Curved Surface Area, and Volume are used to calculate the 3D figure are discussed in the articles below:
 Surface Area of Cube, Cuboid, and Cylinder
 Volume of Cube, Cuboid, and Cylinder
 Volume and Capacity
 Surface Area of 3D Shapes
 Volumes of Cubes and Cuboids
 Surface Areas and Volumes
 Volumes of a combination of solids
 Conversion of solids
 Frustum of a Cone
 Section of a Cone
 Conic Section
 Parabola
 Ellipse
 Hyperbola
 Identifying Conic Sections from their Equation
Mensuration Formulas For 2D Shapes
Shape  Area (Square units)  Perimeter (units)  Figure 
Square  a^{2}  4a  
Rectangle  l × b  2 (l + b)  
Circle  πr^{2}  2 π r  
Scalene Triangle  √[s(s−a)(s−b)(s−c)], Where, s = (a+b+c)/2  a+b+c  
Isosceles Triangle  ½ × b × h  2a + b  
Equilateral triangle  (√3/4) × a^{2}  3a  
Right Angle Triangle  ½ × b × h  
Rhombus  ½ × d1 × d2  4 × side  
Parallelogram  b × h  2(l+b)  
Trapezium  ½ h(a+c)  a+b+c+d 
Mensuration Formulas for 3D Shapes
Shape  Volume (Cubic units)  Curved Surface Area (CSA) or Lateral Surface Area (LSA) (Square units)  Total Surface Area (TSA) (Square units)  Figure 
Cube  a^{3}  LSA = 4 a^{2}  6 a^{2}  
Cuboid  l × b × h  LSA = 2h(l + b)  2 (lb +bh +hl)  
Sphere  (4/3) π r^{3}  4 π r^{2}  4 π r^{2}  
Hemisphere  (⅔) π r^{3}  2 π r^{2}  3 π r^{2}  
Cylinder  π r ^{2} h  2π r h  2πrh + 2πr^{2}  
Cone  (⅓) π r^{2} h  π r l  πr (r + l) 
Solved Problems on Mensuration
Problem 1: Find the volume of a cone if the radius of its base is 1.5 cm and its perpendicular height is 5 cm.
Solution:
Radius of the cone, r = 1.5 cm
Height of the cone, h = 5 cm
∴ Volume of the cone, V = 13πr^{2}h=13×227×(1.5)^{2}×5= 11.79 cm^{3}
Thus, the volume of the cone is 11.79 cm^{3}.
Problem 2: The dimensions of a cuboid are 44 cm, 21 cm, 12 cm. It is melted and a cone of height 24 cm is made. Find the radius of its base.
Solution:
The dimensions of the cuboid are 44 cm, 21 cm and 12 cm.
Let the radius of the cone be r cm.
Height of the cone, h = 24 cm
It is given that cuboid is melted to form a cone.
∴ Volume of metal in cone = Volume of metal in cuboid
⇒(1/3)πr^{2}h=44×21×12
(Volume of cuboid=Length×Breadth×Height)
⇒(1/3)×(22/7)×r^{2}×24=44×21×12
⇒r= √(44×21×12×21) / (22×24)
=21 cm
Thus, the radius of the base of cone is 21 cm.
Problem 3: The radii of two circular ends of frustum shape bucket are 14 cm and 7 cm. The height of the bucket is 30 cm. How many liters of water can it hold? (1 litre = 1000 cm^{3})
Solution:
Radius of one circular end, r1 = 14 cm
Radius of other circular end, r2 = 7 cm
Height of the bucket, h = 30 cm
∴ Volume of water in the bucket = Volume of frustum of cone
=(1/3)πh(r_{1}^{2}+r_{1}r_{2}+r_{2}^{2})=13×22/7×30×(142+14×7+72)
=13×22/7×30×343=10780 cm^{3}
=107801000=10.780 L
Thus, the bucket can hold 10.780 litres of water.
Problem 4: How many bricks each measuring 64 cm x 11.25 cm x 6 cm. will be needed to build a wall measuring 8m x 3m x 22.5m?
Solution:
Volume of wall = V1
Volume of Brick= V2
Number of Bricks =V1/V2
=(8m*3m*22.5)/(64cm*11.25cm*6cm)
=(800*300*22.5)/(64*11.25*6)
= 125000
FAQs on Mensuration
Q1: What is Mensuration?
Answer:
Mensuration is a branch of mathematics concerned with calculation of geometric figures and their parameters such as weight, volume, form, surface area, lateral surface area, and so on.
Q2: What are 2D and 3D shapes?
Answer:
Any shape is considered to be 2D if it is bound by three or more straight lines in a plane whereas a shape is a threedimensional shape if there are several surfaces or planes around it.
Q3: What is the formula for the area of a cylinder?
Answer:
Lateral or Curved Surface area of a cylinder = 2π r h
Total Surface Area of a cylinder = 2πrh + 2πr^{2}
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