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Surface Area and Volume

Surface Area and Volume

Geometry Terms

Get down with the lingo

Cone

A three-dimensional solid with a circular base and one vertex. We prefer to think of it as the waffle thing that ice cream comes in.

Cross-Section

The two-dimensional shape you get when you chop up a three-dimensional one.

Cylinder

Two parallel congruent circles whose circumferences are connected by a curvy rectangle.

Density

A ratio that tells us how much stuff (mass) is 'packed in' a certain amount of space (volume).

Hemisphere

Exactly half of a sphere. True story.

Lateral Area

The area of the faces on a solid that aren't the base or bases. Or, in the case of cylinders and cones, the area of whatever isn't a flat circle.

Ordered Triple

Three numbers that represent a position in actual three-dimensional space. Only the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus can be imaginary in the 3D world, so they have to be real numbers.

Polyhedron

"Many faces." We're talking more than just Professor Quirrell status. A polyhedron is any 3D solid that is made of entirely flat surfaces connected by edges and vertices. Sorry spheres, cylinders, and cones.

Prism

Two parallel congruent polyhedrons connected by lateral faces. Not "prison" in a French accent.

Pyramid

Those huge stone buildings that the Egyptians built. It's basically a solid (definitely not liquids or gases) with a non-curvy shape for the base and one tip at the top.

Regular Prism

A prism or pyramid whose base has edges that are all congruent. Also, a prism or pyramid that has daily scheduled trips to the potty.

Similar Solids

Two solids that have the same shape but not necessarily the same size. All their angles must be the same and their heights and edges must have the same proportions.

Sphere

A ball. It's a central point that includes all the points a certain distance away from it in space. It's like a circle—but in 3D.

Surface Area

The amount of the gift-wrapping paper it takes to cover all of particular shape. You can use newspaper instead of gift-wrapping paper; it's a lot cheaper.

Volume

The amount of three-dimensional space that an object takes up. Or what your mom asks you turn down when you're listening to "that noise you kids call music nowadays."
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