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Textbook Problem

For its occupants to be protected from the elements, it was necessary that the teepee in Exercise 31 be enclosed. Find the amount of area to be covered; that is, determine the lateral area of the rectangular dodecagonal pyramid. Recall that its altitude measures 15 f t .

To determine

To find:

The lateral area of the pyramid.

Explanation

Given:

A teepee in shape of a regular pyramid with a dodecagon (12 sides) for the base as below,

and the height of the teepee is 15ft and side of the base as 4ft and apothem a=7.5ft.

Properties Used:

A pyramid is made by connecting a base to an apex. The base is flat with straight edges, no curves, hence, a polygon and all other faces are triangles.

A regular pyramid is a pyramid whose base is a regular polygon and whose lateral edges are all congruent.

The lateral area L of a regular pyramid with slant height of length l and perimeter P of the base is given by

L=12lP.

The total surface area T of a pyramid with lateral area L and base area B is given by

T=L+B.

According to the Pythagorean theorem, in a right-angled triangle

hypotenuse2=base2+perpendicular2.

In a regular pyramid, the lengths of the apothem a of the base, the altitude h, and the slant height l satisfy the Pythagorean Theorem; that is, l2=a2+h2

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