Formulas of Mensuration in Maths for 2D and 3D Shapes

Formulas of Mensuration in Maths

Formulas of Mensuration in Maths: Mensuration concept from basics are explained below with important mensuration formulas and properties of geometrical figures.

What is mensuration?

Mensuration is a branch of which, where measurement of various geometrical shapes. The measurements are area, volume, curved surface area, lateral surface area, total surface area, etc.

Types of Geometrical Shapes:

There are two types of geometrical shapes in mensuration. They are

  1. 2-dimensional
  2. 3-dimensional

2-Dimensional Geometrical Shape

It is the shape formed by joining three or more straight lines in a plane. 2D geometrical shapes have length and breadth. Here measurements are area, perimeter only.
The units of measurements are
cm², M²,km2, miles².
Perimeter: cm,m,km,miles.

3-Dimensional Geometrical Shape:

It is the shape formed by joining the number of planes or surfaces. 3D- geometric shape has length, breadth, and height(or depth).

Here measurements are volume, curved surface area (CSA), lateral surface area (LSA) and total surface area (TSA).

Some Important Terms in 2D Geometric Shapes

It is the amount of space inside the geometrical figure.
It is the sum of lengths of all sides of a geometrical figure.

Mensuration 2D Formulas in Maths


Area of triangle =(1/2)×base×height
Perimeter = a+b+c

Scalene Triangle

Area of scalene Triangle

Here, s=a+b+c/2
Perimeter= a+b+c

Isosceles Triangle

Area = ½×b×h (or)

Area of isoceles triangle formula

Perimeter= 2a+b

Right Isosceles Triangle

area= (½)× b2 or ¼(hypotenuse)2

Equilateral Triangle

Equilateral Triangle formula

Right Angled Triangle



area of quadrilateral

Here, d1, d2 are diagonal and s= (a+b+c+d)/2



    ⇒ d2/2, here d is diagonal
Perimeter = 4s


Perimeter= 2×(l+b)









a = πr2 or πd2/4     d=2r

Here d=diameter and  r=radius
Perimeter=2πr (or) πd

Semi Circle

A=Πr2/2 (or) Πd2/8
p=πr + 2r (or) (36/7)r

For Equivalent Triangle having Inside Circle or Inscribed Circle

In-radius of inscribed circle=a/2√3
Area of incircle= (π /12)a2

For Equilateral Triangle thing Circumcircle

circumradius of circum circle=a/√3
Area of circum circle= (π/3)a2

Some important Formulas for Areas of Regular Polygons


No. of sides Regular polygon Area
3 Equilateral triangle 0.433 s2
4 Square 1s2
5 Pentagon 1.720s2
6 Hexagon 2.598 s2
7 Septagon 3.6434 s2
8 Octagon 4.828 s2
9 Nanogon 6.182 s2
10 Decagon 7.694 s2


Sector of Circle

θ=angle in radius
Area of sector=lr/2 (or) (θ/360)×πr2
length of Arc l=θr (or) (θ/360) ×2πr


x=semi major axis
y=semi minor axis a= πxy
circumference formula


r is the inner radius
R is the outer radius
Area A= π(R2-r2)


If r is in the radius of a triangle then
Area= r x s

If R is circumradius of a triangle

Area of triangle=1/2 absinθ

3D units of Measurements are
volume:cm3 (or) m3
LSA: m2 (or) cm2
CSA: m2 (or) cm2
TSA: m2 (or) cm2

Some important Terms in 3D Geometrical Shapes

Volume: It is the total space included inside the 3D shape.
Volume= area of the base x height

LSA (Lateral Surface Area): It is the area of all vertical faces excluding the area of bases of the 3D shape.

Eg: cube, cuboid.

CSA(Curved Surface Area): It is the area of all curved regions of a 3D- shape.

Eg: sphere, cylinder, cone, hemisphere.

TSA(Total Surface Area): It is the sum of areas of all the surfaces of a 3D shape.
Eg: cube, cuboid, cylinder, cone, sphere, hemisphere.

Mensuration 3D Formulas in Maths


Volume=s3 cubic units
Total surface area (TSA)= 6s2 sq. Units
cube volume
Face diagonal= √2×s
Diagonal of cube= √3×s

Cuboid/Rectangular Solid
l = length
b= breadth
h= height
Volume= l x bx h
LSA= 2h(l+b)
TSA= 2(lb+bh+lh)
Cuboid Volume


r= radius
volume= πr2h

Curved Surface Area(CSA)= 2πrh
Total Surface Area= 2πr(h+r)
Area of base= area of top= πr2


volume= (4/3)× πr3

Curved Surface Area of Sphere= Total Surface Area of Sphere= 4πr2


volume=2/3 πr3
Curved surface area= 2πr2
Total surface area of hemisphere= 3πr2

Right Circular Cone

l=slant height
Volume of cone= 3Πr2h
Curved surface area of cone= πrl
Total surface area of cone= πr(r+l)
slant height of cone

Frustum of a cone

r=top radius
R=base radius
l=slant height

Volume= (Π/3)(r2 +rR+R2 )h

The curved surface area of a frustum of a cone= πl(r+R)
The total surface area of a frustum of a cone=πl(r+R)πr2+πR2
= πl(r+R)+π(r2+R2)
Slant height of the frustum of cone is  slant height of frustum

Mensuration Formulas for Prism in maths

Prism is a polyhedron that is formed by joining lateral faces of two polygonal bases that are parallel to each other. These lateral faces are perpendicular to their polygonal bases.

Prism Formulas in General

Surface area of a prism= (Lateral Surface Area)+(2 x Base Area)
Lateral surface area = perimeter of base x slant height
Volume= base area x height

Rectangular Prism

Volume of rectangular prism= l×b×h
Total surface area of rectangular prism=2(l×b+b×h+l×h)

Triangular Prism

Base area=12ab
olVume= ½ abh
TSA= ab+3bh
Here a= apothem length; b= base ; h=height

Prism example problem with a solution

Question: The base of a right prism is a triangle and the lengths of its sides are 15cm, 25cm and 30 cm. The height of the prism is 10 cm. Find the volume, lateral surface area, and total surface area of prism?

Let ‘s’ be the semi-perimeter of the base of the prism s=(15+25+30)/2 = 35 cm

Area of the prism istotal surface area of prism

Volume of the prism=(area of base) x height
=187 x 10
=1870 cu. Cm

The lateral surface area of prism= (perimeter of base x slant height)
perimeter of base=(15+25+30)=70
LSA=(70 x 10)= 700
TSA of triangular prism=( LSA + 2 × base area)
=(700 + 2 × 187)
=1074 cu. cm

Mensuration Formulas for a pyramid

The pyramid is a polyhedron where lateral faces are triangular formed by connecting a polygonal base and a point called the apex.

A pyramid with n sided base has

  1. Verticles (n+1)
  2. Faces (n+1)
  3. Edges 2n

Pyramid Formulas in General

Volume=(1/3) × (base area) x height
Lateral surface area= ½ (perimeter of base) x lateral height
lateral height =lateral height of pyramid
a=base of square/rectangle/triangle
Total surface area of pyramid= lateral surface area+area of base
Square Pyramid

s=slant height

Volume = (¹⁄3)×a²×h
Total surface area= 2as+a2

Triangular Pyramid

a=base length
b=apothem length
s=slant height

Volume of triangular pyramid=(¹⁄6 )×a×b×h
Total surface area of triangular pyramid= ½ ab + 3/2 as

Regular Tetrahedron

Volume= (1/12)×(√2a³)
Total surface area=√3a²


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