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### Course: High school geometry > Unit 9

Lesson 1: 2D vs. 3D objects# Getting ready for solid geometry

Practicing finding area of 2D figures, volume of 3D figures, and comparing proportional relationships will help us apply what we know from simpler figures to more complicated solid figures.

Let’s refresh some concepts that will come in handy as you start the solid geometry unit of the high school geometry course. You’ll see a summary of each concept, along with a sample item, links for more practice, and some info about why you will need the concept for the unit ahead.

This article only includes concepts from earlier courses. There are also concepts within this high school geometry course that are important to understanding solid geometry. If you have not yet mastered the Transformations properties and proofs unit, it may be helpful for you to review that before going farther into the unit ahead.

## Area of 2D figures

### What is this, and why do we need it?

Area is the amount of space enclosed in a 2D figure. We'll find the area of bases and cross-sections of 3D figures as a first step toward finding their volume. Also, understanding the area of cross-sections will help us relate volumes of tricky figures to the volumes of more familiar figures.

### Practice

For more practice, go to Area of a circle and Area of triangles.

### Where will we use this?

Here are a few of the exercises where reviewing area might be helpful:

## Volume of solid figures

### What is this, and why do we need it?

Volume is the amount of space enclosed in a 3D figure. We'll use the volumes of familiar solids, like right rectangular prisms, to help us find the volumes of more unusual figures, like prisms that lean to one side, all sorts of pyramids, and figures with different shapes of bases.

### Practice

For more practice, go to Volume of cylinders, Volume of cones, Volume of spheres, and Volume word problems: fractions & decimals.

### Where will we use this?

Here are a few of the exercises where reviewing the volume of solid figures might be helpful:

We'll also explore why several of these volume formulas work. Come back at the end of the unit to compare and contrast these examples and see how we could solve them with fewer different formulas.

## Comparing proportional relationships

### What is this, and why do we need it?

Proportional relationships are two quantities where the ratio between the two quantities always stays the same.

Density is a kind of proportional relationship that relates some quantity (such as mass or number of people) to the volume or area of a region. When we apply density, we often need to compare the density below some value, such as keeping the mass of a loaded ship less than $\mathrm{1,000}\text{kg}$ per cubic meter, so that the ship will float.

### Practice

For more practice, go to Rates & proportional relationships.

### Where will we use this?

Here is an exercise where reviewing how to compare proportional relationships might be helpful:

## Want to join the conversation?

- I didn't remember any of the formulas for volume in 2D shapes. Do we have to have these memorized? (ex. volume of sphere)(7 votes)
- It depends on what grade your in. If your in/going to be in Geometry, I find it helpful to memorize, because it doesn't take that long to learn all of it, and sometimes it might pop-up on a test in your math class. You usually don't need to go really deep with complex shapes, but mastering the fundamentals are vital.

Here are a few things that I'd recommend having memorized.

- Area of all 2D Shapes

- Volume of 3D Shapes (Spheres, Cones, etc)

- Surface area of 3D Shapes (Spheres, Cones, etc).

To help with memorization I'd recommend watching videos on it, taking notes, doing problems including them once in a while, until when you see it on a test, you know the formula and can do it.

Hope this helps.(8 votes)

- can we not do this ever again, as a matter of fact can i pretty please drop out of this class? Thank you for your consideration(9 votes)
- Lol. I agree- it does feel like this most of the time but it's you vs life. I'm afraid that life wins, so you will have to continue because math is essential in life. Thank you so much for your relatable message. Interesting name btw.(2 votes)

- will these help me in life(6 votes)
- yes, math will help you in life!

It is very vital in basic daily living(even grocery shopping)

Have a BLESSED day!(3 votes)

- Last unit dw(6 votes)

- why so much formula(1 vote)
- Why does Jack’s tomato sauce is spicier? I still don’t get it.(0 votes)
- Jack's chili is spicier than Marsha's chili because he uses a more concentrated amount of the chili powder for each cup of tomato sauce. Consider this:

The problem indicates that for every 1 cup (c) of tomato sauce Jack uses he adds 2 teaspoons (t) of chili powder. This gives him a "2 t of chili powder"-to-"1 c of tomato sauce" ratio in his chili dish.

The problem also indicates that Marsha adds 1 1/7 t of chili powder for every 1 c of tomato sauce. This means she has a "1 1/7 t of chili powder"-to-"1 c of tomato sauce ratio" in her chili dish.

Jack adds 6/7 t of chili powder more to his chili than Marsha for every c of tomato sauce that is in the dish. This makes his chili more spicy because he has a higher ratio of chili powder to tomato sauce.

The solution to this is shown in more detail in the "Explain" tab under Problem 3.(3 votes)

- What are proportional relationships used for?(0 votes)
- Why is this no new to me??(0 votes)
- how do i get better at this(0 votes)
- At5:34what is the time for analytics in sun rising up and down?(0 votes)