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Last modified on August 3rd, 2023

The surface area (total surface area) of a cone is the entire space occupied by the flat circular base of the cone and its curved surface. The surface area is expressed in square units such as m^{2}, cm^{2}, mm^{2}, and in^{2}. Here we will discuss how to find the surface area of a right circular cone.

The basic formula when slant height and radius are known is:

Let us consider a cone with radius *r*, circumference *c*, and slant height *s*.

So, C = 2πr,

And Base Area (B) of the cone = πr^{2}

Now, we unroll the lateral face of the cone first. When placed flat, the lateral face becomes a sector of a circle as shown below. Circumference *c* becomes the arc length, and *s *becomes the radius of the sector.

As we know,

Area of a sector (A) ${=\dfrac{1}{2}cs}$, where C = arc length, s = radius,

= ½ × 2πr × s, [∵ C = 2πr]

= πrs = Lateral Surface Area (LSA) of a cone

Here we have derived the formula of LSA.

Now, Surface Area (SA) = LSA + B

∴ SA = LSA + B

= πrs + πr^{2}

**Find the surface area of a cone with a radius of 7 cm and a slant height of 15 cm.**

Solution:

As we know,**Surface Area (SA) = πr ^{2} + πrs**, here r = 7 cm, s = 15 cm, π = 3.141

∴ SA = 3.141 × 7

= 483.71 cm

**Find the area of the curved surface of a cone with a radius of 8.5 cm and a slant height of 22 cm.**

Solution:

As we know,**Lateral Surface Area (LSA) = πrs, **here r = 8.5 cm, s = 22 cm, π = 3.141

∴ LSA = 3.141 × 8.5 × 22

= 587.36 cm^{2}

Last modified on August 3rd, 2023