1.1 Introduction to surface area
1.2 Surface areas of canal crosssections and farms
1.3 Introduction to volume
1.4 Introduction to flowrate
1.5 Introduction to percentage and per mil
1.6 Introduction to graphs
1.7 Test your knowledge
1.1.1 Triangles
1.1.2 Squares and Rectangles
1.1.3 Rhombuses and Parallelograms
1.1.4 Trapeziums
1.1.5 Circles
1.1.6 Metric Conversions
It is important to be able to measure and calculate surface areas. It might be necessary to calculate, for example, the surface area of the crosssection of a canal or the surface area of a farm.
This Section will discuss the calculation of some of the most common surface areas: the triangle, the square, the rectangle, the rhombus, the parallelogram, the trapezium and the circle (see Fig. 1a).
Fig. 1a. The most common surface areas
The height (h) of a triangle, a rhombus, a parallelogram or a trapezium, is the distance from a top corner to the opposite side called base (b). The height is always perpendicular to the base; in other words, the height makes a “right angle” with the base. An example of a right angle is the corner of this page.
In the case of a square or a rectangle, the expression length (1) is commonly used instead of base and width (w) instead of height. In the case of a circle the expression diametre (d) is used (see Fig. 1b).
Fig. 1b. The height (h), base (b), width (w), length (1) and diametre (d) of the most common surface areas
The surface area or surface (A) of a triangle is calculated by the formula:
A (triangle) = 0.5 x base x height = 0.5 x b x h ….. (1) 
Triangles can have many shapes (see Fig. 2) but the same formula is used for all of them.
Fig. 2. Some examples of triangles
EXAMPLE
Calculate the surface area of the triangles no. 1, no. 1a and no. 2
Given 
Answer 

Triangles no. 1 and no. 1a: 
base = 3 cm 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x base x height 
Triangle no. 2: 
base = 3 cm 
A = 0.5 x 3 cm x 2 cm = 3 cm2 
It can be seen that triangles no. 1, no. 1a and no. 2 have the same surface; the shapes of the triangles are different, but the base and the height are in all three cases the same, so the surface is the same.
The surface of these triangles is expressed in square centimetres (written as cm2). Surface areas can also be expressed in square decimetres (dm2), square metres (m2), etc…
QUESTION
Calculate the surface areas of the triangles nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Given 
Answer 

Triangle no. 3: 
base = 3 cm 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x base x height 
Triangle no. 4: 
base = 4 cm 
A = 0.5 x 4 cm x 1 cm = 2 cm2 

Triangle no. 5: 
base = 2 cm 
A = 0.5 x 2 cm x 3 cm = 3 cm2 

Triangle no. 6: 
base = 4 cm 
A = 0.5 x 4 cm x 3 cm = 6 cm2 
The surface area or surface (A) of a square or a rectangle is calculated by the formula:
A (square or rectangle) = length x width = l x w ….. (2) 
In a square the lengths of all four sides are equal and all four angles are right angles.
In a rectangle, the lengths of the opposite sides are equal and all four angles are right angles.
Fig. 3. A square and a rectangle
Note that in a square the length and width are equal and that in a rectangle the length and width are not equal (see Fig. 3).
QUESTION
Calculate the surface areas of the rectangle and of the square (see Fig. 3).
Given 
Answer 

Square: 
length = 2 cm 
Formula: 
A = length x width 
Rectangle: 
length = 5 cm 
Formula: 
A = length x width 
Related to irrigation, you will often come across the expression hectare (ha), which is a surface area unit. By definition, 1 hectare equals 10 000 m2. For example, a field with a length of 100 m and a width of 100 m2 (see Fig. 4) has a surface area of 100 m x 100 m = 10 000 m2 = 1 ha.
Fig. 4. One hectare equals 10 000 m2
The surface area or surface (A) of a rhombus or a parallelogram is calculated by the formula:
A (rhombus or parallelogram) = base x height = b x h ….. (3) 
In a rhombus the lengths of all four sides are equal; none of the angles are right angles; opposite sides run parallel.
In a parallelogram the lengths of the opposite sides are equal; none of the angles are right angles; opposite sides run parallel (see Fig. 5).
Fig. 5. A rhombus and a parallelogram
QUESTION
Calculate the surface areas of the rhombus and the parallelogram (see Fig. 5).
Given 
Answer 

Rhombus: 
base = 3 cm 
Formula: 
A = base x height 
Parallelogram: 
base = 3.5 cm 
Formula: 
A = base x height 
The surface area or surface (A) of a trapezium is calculated by the formula:
A (trapezium) = 0.5 (base + top) x height = 0.5 (b + a) x h ….. (4) 
The top (a) is the side opposite and parallel to the base (b). In a trapezium only the base and the top run parallel.
Some examples are shown in Fig. 6:
Fig. 6. Some examples of trapeziums
EXAMPLE
Calculate the surface area of trapezium no. 1.
Given 
Answer 

Trapezium no. 1: 
base = 4 cm 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x (base x top) x height 
QUESTION
Calculate the surface areas trapeziums nos. 2, 3 and 4.
Given 
Answer 

Trapezium no. 2: 
base = 5 cm 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x (base + top) x height 
Trapezium no. 3: 
base = 3 cm 
A = 0.5 x (3 cm + 1 cm) x 2 cm 

Trapezium no. 4: 
base = 2 cm 
A = 0.5 x (2 cm + 4 cm) x 2 cm 
Note that the surface areas of the trapeziums 1 and 4 are equal. Number 4 is the same as number 1 but upside down.
Another method to calculate the surface area of a trapezium is to divide the trapezium into a rectangle and two triangles, to measure their sides and to determine separately the surface areas of the rectangle and the two triangles (see Fig. 7).
Fig. 7. Splitting a trapezium into one rectangle and two triangles. Note that A = A1 + A2 + A3 = 1 + 6 + 2 = 9 cm2
The surface area or surface (A) of a circle is calculated by the formula:
A (circle) = 1/4 (p x d x d) = 1/4 (p x d2) = 1/4 (3.14 x d2) ….. (5) 
whereby d is the diameter of the circle and p (a Greek letter, pronounced Pi) a constant (p = 3.14). A diameter (d) is a straight line which divides the circle in two equal parts.
Fig. 8. A circle
EXAMPLE
Given 
Answer 

Circle: d = 4.5 cm 
Formula: 
A = 1/4 (p x d²) 
QUESTION
Calculate the surface area of a circle with a diameter of 3 m.
Given 
Answer 

Circle: d = 3 m 
Formula: 
A = 1/4 (p x d²) = 1/4 (3.14 x d 
i. Units of length
The basic unit of length in the metric system is the metre (m). One metre can be divided into 10 decimetres (dm), 100 centimetres (cm) or 1000 millimetres (mm); 100 m equals to 1 hectometre (hm); while 1000 m is 1 kilometre (km).
1 m = 10 dm = 100 cm = 1000 mm
0.1 m = 1 dm = 10 cm = 100 mm
0.01 m = 0.1 dm = 1 cm = 10 mm
0.001 m = 0.01 dm = 0.1 cm = 1 mm1 km = 10 hm = 1000 m
0.1 km = 1 hm = 100 m
0.01 km = 0.1 hm = 10 m
0.001 km = 0.01 hm = 1 m
ii. Units of surface
The basic unit of area in the metric system is the square metre (m), which is obtained by multiplying a length of 1 metre by a width of 1 metre (see Fig. 9).
Fig. 9. A square metre
1 m2 = 100 dm2 = 10 000 cm2 = 1 000 000 mm2
0.01 m2 = 1 dm2 = 100 cm2 = 10 000 mm2
0.0001 m2 = 0.01 dm2 = 1 cm2 = 100 mm2
0.000001 m2 = 0.0001 dm2 = 0.01 cm2 = 1 mm21 km2 = 100 ha2 = 1 000 000 m2
0.01 km2 = 1 ha2 = 10 000 m2
0.000001 km2 = 0.0001 ha2 = 1 m2
NOTE:
1 ha = 100 m x 100 m = 10 000 m2 
1.2.1 Determination of the surface areas of canal crosssections
1.2.2 Determination of the surface area of a farm
This Section explains how to apply the surface area formulas to two common practical problems that will often be met in the field.
The most common shape of a canal crosssection is a trapezium or, more truly, an “upsidedown” trapezium (see Fig. 10).
Fig. 10. Canal crosssection
The area (A B C D), hatched on the above drawing, is called the canal crosssection and has a trapezium shape (compare with trapezium no. 4). Thus, the formula to calculate its surface is similar to the formula used to calculate the surface area of a trapezium (formula 4):
Surface area of the canal crosssection = 0.5 (base + top line) x canal depth = 0.5 (b + a) x h ….. (6) 
whereby:
base (b) = bottom width of the canal
top line (a) = top width of the canal
canal depth (h) = height of the canal (from the bottom of the canal to the top of the embankment)
Suppose that the canal contains water, as shown in Fig. 11.
Fig. 11. Wetted crosssection of a canal
The area (A B C D), hatched on the above drawing, is called the wetted canal crosssection or wetted crosssection. It also has a trapezium shape and the formula to calculate its surface area is:
Surface area of the wetted canal crosssection = 0.5 (base + top line) x water depth = 0.5 (b + a1) x h1 ….. (7) 
whereby:
base (b) = bottom width of the canal
top line (a1) = top width of the water level
water depth (h1) = the height or depth of the water in the canal (from the bottom of the canal to the water level).
EXAMPLE
Calculate the surface area of the crosssection and the wetted crosssection, of the canal shown in Fig. 12 below.
Fig. 12. Dimensions of the crosssection
Given 
Answer 

Canal crosssection: 

base (b) = 1.25 m 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x (b + a) x h 
Canal wetted crosssection: 

base (b) = 1.25 m 
Formula: 
A = 0.5 x (b + a1) x h 
It may be necessary to determine the surface area of a farmer’s field. For example, when calculating how much irrigation water should be given to a certain field, the size of the field must be known.
When the shape of the field is regular and has, for example, a rectangular shape, it should not be too difficult to calculate the surface area once the length of the field (that is the base of its regular shape) and the width of the field have been measured (see Fig. 13).
Fig. 13. Field of regular shape
EXAMPLE
Given 
Answer 

Length of the field = 50 m 
Formula: 
A = length x width (formula 2) 
QUESTION
What is the area of the same field, expressed in hectares?
ANSWER
Section 1.1.2 explained that a hectare is equal to 10 000 m. Thus, the formula to calculate a surface area in hectares is:
In this case: area of the field in
More often, however, the field shape is not regular, as shown in Fig. 14a.
Fig. 14a. Field of irregular shape
In this case, the field should be divided in several regular areas (square, rectangle, triangle, etc.), as has been done in Fig. 14b.
Fig. 14b. Division of irregular field into regular areas
Surface area of the square: As = length x width = 30 m x 30 m = 900 m2
Surface area of the rectangle: Ar = length x width = 50 m x 15 m = 750 m2
Surface area of the triangle: At = 0.5 x base x height = 0.5 x 20 m x 30 m = 300 m2
Total surface area of the field: A = As + Ar + At = 900 m2 + 750 m2 + 300 m2 = 1950 m2
1.3.1 Units of volume
1.3.2 Volume of water on a field
A volume (V) is the content of a body or object. Take for example a block (Fig 15). A block has a certain length (l), width (w) and height (h). With these three data, the volume of the block can be calculated using the formula:
V (block) = length x width x height = l x w x h ….. (9) 
Fig. 15. A block
EXAMPLE
Calculate the volume of the above block.
Given 
Answer 

length = 4 cm 
Formula: 
V = length x width x height 
The volume of this block is expressed in cubic centimetres (written as cm). Volumes can also be expressed in cubic decimetres (dm3), cubic metres (m3), etc.
QUESTION
Calculate the volume in m3 of a block with a length of 4 m, a width of 50 cm and a height of 200 mm.
Given 
Answer 

All data must be converted in metres (m) 

length = 4 m 
Formula: 
V = length x width x height 
QUESTION
Calculate the volume of the same block, this time in cubic centimetres (cm3)
Given 
Answer 

All data must be converted in centimetres (cm) 

length = 4 m = 400 cm 
Formula: 
V = length x width x height 
Of course, the result is the same: 0.4 m3 = 400 000 cm3
The basic unit of volume in the metric system is the cubic metre (m3) which is obtained by multiplying a length of 1 metre, by a width of 1 metre and a height of 1 metre (see Fig. 16).
Fig. 16. One cubic metre
1 m3 = 1.000 dm3 = 1 000 000 cm3 = 1 000 000 000 mm3
0.001 m3 = 1 dm3 = 1 000 cm3 = 1 000 000 mm3
0.000001 m3 = 0.001 dm3 = 1 cm3 = 1 000 mm3
0.000000001 m3 = 0.000001 dm3 = 0.001 cm3 = 1 mm3
NOTE
1 dm3 = 1 litre 
and
1 m3 = 1000 litres 
Suppose a onelitre bottle is filled with water. The volume of the water is thus 1 litre or 1 dm3. When the bottle of water is emptied on a table, the water will spread out over the table and form a thin water layer. The amount of water on the table is the same as the amount of water that was in the bottle; being 1 litre.
The volume of water remains the same; only the shape of the “water body” changes (see Fig. 17).
Fig. 17. One litre of water spread over a table
A similar process happens if you spread irrigation water from a storage reservoir over a farmer’s field.
QUESTION
Suppose there is a reservoir, filled with water, with a length of 5 m, a width of 10 m and a depth of 2 m. All the water from the reservoir is spread over a field of 1 hectare. Calculate the water depth (which is the thickness of the water layer) on the field, see Fig. 18.
Fig. 18. A volume of 100 m3 of water spread over an area of one hectare
The formula to use is:
As the first step, the volume of water must be calculated. It is the volume of the filled reservoir, calculated with formula (9):
Volume (V) = length x width x height = 5 m x 10 m x 2 m = 100 m3
As the second step, the thickness of the water layer is calculated using formula (10):
Given 
Answer 
Surface of the field = 10 000 m2 
Formula: 
d = 0.01 m d = 10 mm 
QUESTION
A water layer 1 mm thick is spread over a field of 1 ha. Calculate the volume of the water (in m3), with the help of Fig. 19.
Fig. 19. One millimetre water depth on a field of one hectare
The formula to use is:
Volume of water (V) = Surface of the field (A) x Water depth (d) ….. (11) 
Given 
Answer 

Surface of the field = 10 000 m2 
Formula: Volume (m³) 
= surface of the field (m²) x water depth (m) 
1.4.1 Definition
1.4.2 Calculation and Units
The flowrate of a river, or of a canal, is the volume of water discharged through this river, or this canal, during a given period of time. Related to irrigation, the volume of water is usually expressed in litres (l) or cubic metres (m3) and the time in seconds (s) or hours (h). The flowrate is also called dischargerate.
The water running out of a tap fills a one litre bottle in one second. Thus the flow rate (Q) is one litre per second (1 l/s) (see Fig. 20).
Fig. 20. A flowrate of one litre per second
QUESTION
The water supplied by a pump fills a drum of 200 litres in 20 seconds. What is the flow rate of this pump?
The formula used is:
Given 
Answer 
Volume of water: 200 l 
Formula: 
The unit “litre per second” is commonly used for small flows, e.g. a tap or a small ditch. For larger flows, e.g. a river or a main canal, the unit “cubic metre per second” (m3/s) is more conveniently used.
QUESTION
A river discharges 100 m3 of water to the sea every 2 seconds. What is the flowrate of this river expressed in m3/s?
The formula used is:
Given 
Answer 
Volume of water: 100 m3 
Formula: 
The discharge rate of a pump is often expressed in m3 per hour (m3/h) or in litres per minute (l/min).
NOTE: Formula 12a, 12b, 12c and 12d are the same; only the units change
1.5.1 Percentage
1.5.2 Per mil
In relation to agriculture, the words percentage and per mil will be met regularly. For instance “60 percent of the total area is irrigated during the dry season”. In this Section the meaning of the words “percentage” and “per mil” will be discussed.
The word “percentage” means literally “per hundred”; in other words one percent is the one hundredth part of the total. You can either write percent, or %, or 1/100, or 0.01.
Some examples are:
5 percent = 5% =5/100 = 0.05
20 percent = 20% = 20/100= 0.20
25 percent = 25% = 25/100 = 0.25
50 percent = 50% = 50/100 =0.50
100 percent = 100% = 100/100 = 1
150 percent = 150% = 150/100 = 1.5
QUESTION
How many oranges are 1% of a total of 300 oranges? (see Fig. 21)
Fig. 21. Three oranges are 1% of 300 oranges
ANSWER
1% of 300 oranges = 1/100 x 300 = 3 oranges
QUESTIONS 
ANSWERS 
6% of 100 cows 
6/100 x 100 = 6 cows 
15% of 28 hectares 
15/100 x 28 = 4.2 ha 
80% of 90 irrigation projects 
80/100 x 90 = 72 projects 
150% of a monthly salary of $100 
150/100 x 100 = 1.5 x 100 = $150 
0.5% of 194.5 litres 
0.5/100 x 194.5 = 0.005 x 194.5 = 0.9725 litres 
The word “per mil” means literally “per thousand”; in other words one per mil is one thousandth part of the total.
You can either write: per mil, or , or 1/1000, or 0.001.
Some examples are:
5 per mil = 5 =5/1000= 0.005
50 per mil = 50 = 50/1000 = 0.050
95 per mil = 95 = 95/1000 = 0.095
QUESTION
How many oranges are 4 of 1000 oranges? (see Fig. 22)
Fig. 22. Four oranges are 4 of 1000 oranges
ANSWER
4 of 1000 oranges = 4/1000 x 1000 = 4 oranges
NOTE
10 = 1% 
because 10 = 10/1000 = 1/10 = 1%
QUESTIONS 
ANSWERS 
3 of 3 000 oranges 
3/1000 x 3 000 = 9 oranges 
35 of 10 000 ha 
35/1000 x 10 000 = 350 ha 
0.5 of 750 km2 
0.5/1000 x 750 =0.375 km2 
1.6.1 Example 1
1.6.2 Example 2
A graph is a drawing in which the relationship between two (or more) items of information (e.g. time and plant growth) is shown in a symbolic way.
To this end, two lines are drawn at a right angle. The horizontal one is called the x axis and the vertical one is called the y axis.
Where the x axis and the y axis intersect is the “0” (zero) point (see Fig. 23).
The plotting of the information on the graph is discussed in the following examples.
Fig. 23. A graph
Suppose it is necessary to make a graph of the growth rate of a maize plant. Each week the height of the plant is measured. One week after planting the seed, the plant measures 2 cm in height, two weeks after planting it measures 5 cm and 3 weeks after planting the height is 10 cm, as illustrated in Fig. 24a.
Fig. 24a. Measuring the growth rate of a maize plant
These results can be plotted on a graph. The time (in weeks) will be indicated on the x axis; 2 cm on the axis represents 1 week. The plant height (in centimetres) will be indicated on the y axis; 1 cm on the axis represents 1 cm of plant height.
After 1 week the height is 2 cm; this is indicated on the graph with A; after 2 weeks the height is 5 cm, see B, and after 3 weeks the height is 10 cm, see C, as shown in Fig. 24b.
At planting (Time = 0) the height was zero, see D.
Now connect the crosses (see Fig. 24c) with a straight line. The line indicates the growth rate of the plant; this is the height increase over time.
Fig. 24b. Growth rate of a maize plant
It can be seen from the graph that the plant is growing faster and faster (during the first week 2 cm and during the third week 5 cm); the line from B to C is steeper than the line from D to A.
From the graph can be read what the height of the plant was after, say 2 1/2 weeks; see the dotted line (Fig. 24c). Locate on the horizontal axis 2 1/2 weeks and follow the dotted line upwards until the dotted line crosses the graph. From this crossing follow the dotted line to the left until the vertical axis is reached. Now take the reading: 7.5 cm, which means that the plant had a height of 7.5 cm after 2 1/2 weeks. This height has not been measured in reality, but with the graph the height can be determined anyway.
QUESTION
What was the height of the plant after 1 1/2 weeks?
ANSWER
The height of the plant after 1 1/2 weeks was 3.5 cm (see Fig. 24c).
Fig. 24c. Graph of the growth rate of a maize plant
Another example to illustrate how a graph should be made is the variation of the temperature over one full day (24 hours). Suppose the outside temperature (always in the shade) is measured, with a thermometer, every two hours, starting at midnight and ending the following midnight.
Suppose the following results are found:
Time (hr) 
Temperature (°C) 
0 
16 
2 
13 
4 
6 
6 
8 
8 
13 
10 
19 
12 
24 
14 
28 
16 
2 
18 
27 
20 
22 
22 
19 
24 
16 
On the x axis indicate the time in hours, whereby 1 cm on the graph is 2 hours. On the y axis indicate the temperature in degrees Celsius (°C), whereby 1 cm on the graph is 5°C.
Now indicate (with crosses) the values from the table (above) on the graph paper and connect the crosses with straight dotted lines (see Fig. 25a).
Fig. 25a. Graph showing temperature over 24 hours; mistake 16 hour reading
At this stage, if you look attentively at the graph, you will note that there is a very abrupt change in its shape around the sixteenth hour. The outside temperature seems to have fallen from 28°C to 2°C in two hours time! That does not make sense, and the reading of the thermometer at the sixteenth hour must have been wrong. This cross cannot be taken in consideration for the graph and should be rejected. The only dotted line we can accept is the straight one in between the reading at the fourteenth hour and the reading at the eighteenth hour (see Fig. 25b).
Fig. 25b. Graph showing temperature over 24 hours; estimated correction of mistake
In reality the temperature will change more gradually than indicated by the dotted line; that is why a smooth curve is made (continuous line). The smooth curve represents the most realistic approximation of the temperature over 24 hours (see Fig. 25c).
Fig. 25c. Graph showing temperature over 24 hours; smooth curve
From the graph it can be seen that the minimum or lowest temperature was reached around 4 o’clock in the morning and was about 6°C. The highest temperature was reached at 4 o’clock in the afternoon and was approximately 29°C.
QUESTION
What was the temperature at 7, 15 and 23 hours? (Always use the smooth curve to take the readings).
ANSWER (see Fig. 25c)
Temperature at 7 hours: 10°C
Temperature at 15 hours: 29°C
Temperature at 23 hours: 17°C
1.7.1 Questions
1.7.2 Answers
1) Calculate the surface areas of the following triangles:
a. height = 6 cm, base = 12 cm = = = A = …..cm2
b. height = 22 cm, base = 48 cm = = = A = …..cm2
c. height = 16 cm, base = 24 cm = = = A = …..cm2
d. height = 0.8 m, base = 0.3 m = = = A = …..m2
2) Calculate the surface areas of the following trapeziums:
a. height = 12 cm, base = 52 cm, top = 16 cm = = = A = …..cm2
b. height = 20 cm, base = 108 dm, top = 16 cm = = = A = …..cm2
c. height = 0.3 m, base = 1.8 m, top = 1.5 m = = = A = …..m2
3) Calculate the crosssection of the canal when given:
height = 1 m
top width = 2.6 m
bottom width = 1.2 m
4) Calculate the wetted crosssection when in addition to 3) is given that the water height is 0.8 m and the top width of the water surface is 2.32 m.
5) A rectangular field has a length of 120 m and a width of 85 m. What is the area of the field in hectares?
6)
a. 25% of 1820 metres = …..metres
b. 13% of 971 cm = …..cm
c. 83% of 8000 apples = …..apples
d. 7 of 18 060 metres = …..metres
e. 13% of 26 hectares = …..hectares
f. 1.5 of 28 000 metres = …..metres
7) Calculate the volume of the following blocks, when given:
a. length = 75 cm, width = 3 m, height = 6 cm = = = V = …..m3
b. length = 0.5 cm, width = 1 dm, height = 20 cm = = = V = …..m3
c. length = 15 cm, width = 2 dm, height = 0.5 m = = = V = …..litres
8) Calculate the volume of water (in m3) on a field, when given: the length = 150 m, the width = 56 m and the water layer = 70 mm.
9) Calculate the minimum depth of a reservoir, which has: a length of 15 m and a width of 10 m and which has to provide 50 mm water for a field of 175 m long and 95 m wide.
10) Make a graph of the monthly rainfall over a period of 1 year, when given:
Month 
Rain (mm/month) 
Jan. 
42 
Feb. 
65 
Mar. 
140 
Apr. 
120 
May 
76 
June 
24 
July 
6 
Aug. 
0 
Sept. 
0 
Oct. 
10 
Nov. 
17 
Dec. 
27 
1)
a. A = 0.5 x b x h = 0.5 x 6 cm x 12 cm = 36 cm2
b. A = 0.5 x 22 cm x 48 cm = 528 cm2
c. A = 0.5 x 16 cm x 24 cm = 192 cm2
d. A = 0.5 x 0.8 m x 0.3 m = 0.12 m2
2)
a. A = 0.5 x (b + a) x h = 0.5 x (52 cm + 16 cm) x 12 cm = 408 cm2
b. A = 0.5 x (108 cm + 16 cm) x 20 cm = 1240 cm2
c. A = 0.5 x (1.8 m + 1.5 m) x 0.3 m = 0.495 m2
3) A = 0.5 x (b + a) x h = 0.5 x (1.2 m + 2.6 m) x 1 m = 1.9 m2
4) A = 0.5 x (b + a1) x h1 – 0.5 x (1.2 m + 2.32 m) x 0.8 m = 1.408 m2
5) Area of the field in square metres = l (m) x w (m) = 120 m x 85 m = 10 200 m2
6)
a. 1820 m x 25/100 = 455 m
b. 971 cm x 13/100 = 126.23 cm
c. 8000 apples x 83/100 = 6640 apples
d. 18 060 m x 7/1000 = 126.42 m
e. 26 ha x 13/100= 3.38 ha
f. 28 000 m x 1.5/1000 = 42 m
7)
a. V = l x w x h = 0.75 m x 3 m x 0.06 m = 0.135 m3
b. V = 0.005 m x 0.10 m x 0.20 m = 0.0001 m3
c. V = 1.5 dm x 2 dm x 5 dm = 15 dm3 = 15 litres
8) V = l x w x h = 150 m x 56 m x 0.070 m = 588 m3
9)
Volume of water required on a field: V = length of field (m) x width of field (m) x thickness of water layer (m) = 175 m x 95 m x 0.050 m = 831.25 m3Graph of monthly rainfall over a period of one year
Volume of the reservoir: V = 831.25 m3 = length of reservoir (m) x width of reservoir (m) x depth of reservoir (m)