In this section, we are going to see, how to find volume of pyramids and cones.

Let us consider the diagram below.

The volume of the prism shown above is equal to Bh, where B is the area of the base and h is the height.

From the diagram shown below, it is clear that the volume of the pyramid with the same base area B and the same height h must be less than the volume of the prism.

The volume of the pyramid is one third the volume of the prism.

**Theorem 1 (Volume of a Pyramid) : **

The volume V of a pyramid is

V = 1/3 ⋅ Bh

where B is the area of the base and h is the height.

**Theorem 1 (Volume of a Cone) : **

The volume V of a cone is

V = 1/3 ⋅ Bh

V = 1/3 ⋅ πr^{2}h

where B is the area of the base, h is the height, and r is the radius of the base.

**Example : **

Find the volume of the pyramid with the regular base.

**Solution : **

The base can be divided into six equilateral triangles as shown below.

Using the formula for the area of an equilateral triangle,

√3/4 ⋅ s^{2}

the area of the base B can be found as follows :

B = 6(√3/4 ⋅ s^{2})

Substitute 3 for s.

B = 6(√3/4 ⋅ 3^{2})

Simplify.

B = 6(√3/4 ⋅ 9)

B = 27√3 / 2 cm^{2}

Formula for volume of a pyramid :

V = 1/3 ⋅ Bh

Substitute 27√3 / 2 for B and 4 for h.

V = 1/3 ⋅ (27√3 / 2)(4)

Simplify.

V = 18√3

V = 31.2

So, the volume of the pyramid is about 31.2 cubic centimeters.

**Example 1 : **

Find the volume of the right circular cone shown below.

**Solution : **

Formula for volume of a cone :

V = 1/3 ⋅ πr^{2}h

Substitute 12.4 for r and 17.7 for h.

V = 1/3 ⋅ π(12.4)^{2}(17.7)

Simplify.

V = 907.184π

Use calculator.

V ≈ 2850 mm^{3}

So, the volume of the right circular cone is about 2850 cubic millimeters.

**Example 2 : **

Find the volume of the oblique circular cone shown below.

**Solution : **

Formula for volume of a cone :

V = 1/3 ⋅ πr^{2}h

Substitute 1.5 for r and 4 for h.

V = 1/3 ⋅ π(1.5)^{2}(4)

Simplify.

V = 3π

Use calculator.

V ≈ 9.42 in^{3}

So, the volume of the oblique circular cone is about 9.42 cubic inches.

**Example : **

A nautical prism is a solid piece of glass, as shown. Find its volume.

**Solution : **

To find the volume of the entire solid, we have to add the volumes of the prism and the pyramid.

The bases of the prism and the pyramid are regular hexagons made up of six equilateral triangles.

To find the area of each base, B, multiply the area of one of the equilateral triangles by 6.

That is, 6(√3/4 ⋅ s^{2}), where s is the base edge.

Let V_{1} be the volume of prism and V_{2} be the volume of pyramid.

**Volume of Prism :**

V_{1} = Bh

V_{1} = 6(√3/4 ⋅ s^{2}) ⋅ h

Substitute 3.25 for s and 1.5 for h.

V_{1} = 6[√3/4 ⋅ (3.25)^{2}] ⋅ 1.5

Use calculator and simplify.

V_{1} ≈ 41.166

**Volume of Pyramid :**

V_{2} = 1/3 ⋅ 6(√3/4 ⋅ s^{2}) ⋅ h

Substitute 3 for s and 3 for h.

V_{2} = 1/3 ⋅ 6(√3/4 ⋅ 3^{2}) ⋅ 3

Use calculator and simplify.

V_{1} ≈ 23.38

**Volume of the Nautical Prism : **

V = V_{1} + V_{2}

V ≈ 41.16 + 23.38

V ≈ 64.54 in^{3}

So, the volume of the nautical prism is about 64.54 cubic inches.

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