# Pyramid Volume Calculator

Determine the volume of any pyramid-like solid with our pyramid volume calculator. Choose between two options: calculate the volume of a pyramid with a regular base, so you need to have only the side, shape, and height given, or directly enter the base area and the pyramid height. The calculator doesn't have any problems with determining the tetrahedron volume or the volume of a square pyramid. If you are still not sure how to use the tool and how to calculate the pyramid volume - keep reading!

## Pyramid volume formula

A pyramid is a polyhedron formed by connecting a polygonal base and an apex. The basic formula for pyramid volume is the same as for a cone:

`volume = (1/3) * base_area * height`

, where`height`

is the height from the base to the apex.

That formula works for any type of base polygon and oblique and right pyramids. All you need to know are those two values - base area and height.

However, there are other useful formulas in case you don't know the base area. For any pyramid with a regular base, you can use the equation:

`volume = (n/12) * height * side_length² * cot(π/n)`

, where`n`

is number of sides of the base for regular polygon

## How to calculate the pyramid volume? Volume of a square pyramid calculation example

We know the formula, and what's next? How to use this pyramid volume calculator? The best way to demonstrate how it works is the world's best-known pyramid - the Cheops pyramid:

**Select the base shape**. The Cheops pyramid, also called the pyramid of Khufu, is a square. Of course, it's not an ideal square, but we can assume it is - the difference between the length of the edges is smaller than 1‰.**Enter the height of a pyramid**. Khufu pyramid height is equal to 146 m (you can change the units to meters with a simple click on the unit. Also, you can check out our volume converter).**Determine the side length**. The Cheops pyramid edge length is, on average, 230.36 m.- The approximate
**volume of a square pyramid**is equal to 2,582,532 m³.

## Pyramid volume names

A pyramid with an n-sided base has:

- n+1 faces (n-triangles + 1 n-gon)
- 2n edges
- n+1 vertices

The name of the pyramid comes from the shape of its base:

Faces | Edges | Vertices | Shape of base | Pyramid name |
---|---|---|---|---|

4 | 6 | 4 | triangle | tetrahedron/triangular pyramid |

5 | 8 | 5 | square | square pyramid |

6 | 10 | 6 | pentagon | pentagonal pyramid |

7 | 12 | 7 | hexagon | hexagonal pyramid |

8 | 14 | 8 | heptagon | heptagonal pyramid |

9 | 16 | 9 | octagon | octagonal pyramid |

## Tetrahedron volume calculation

As an example, let's take the example of a loose leaf tea pyramid:

**Choose the shape of the base**. In our case, it's a regular triangle.**Type the pyramid's height**. Assume that for a tea pyramid, it's equal to 1.2 in.**Enter the side length**. For example, 1.5 in.**Tetrahedron volume appears below**. For our tea pyramid, it is equal to 0.39 cu in.

If you want to calculate the **regular tetrahedron** volume- the one in which all four faces are equilateral triangles, not only the base - you can use the formula:

`volume = a³ / 6√2`

, where `a`

is the edge of the solid

The height, in this case, can be calculated as:

`height = a√3 / 6 ~ 0.2887 * a`

, so if you want to calculate, e.g., the volume of a regular polyhedron with the edge = 3, type 3 * 0.2887 into the pyramid volume calculator's "Height" box.

## What next?

Now you are an expert and know exactly how to calculate the pyramid volume! Why not check out our other volume calculators?

## FAQ

### How do I find the volume of a pyramid?

To estimate the volume of any pyramid:

- Evaluate the pyramid's
**base area**. **Multiply**the base area by its**height**.**Divide**everything by**3**.- The good thing is this algorithm works perfectly for all types of pyramids, both
**regular and oblique**.

### How do I find the volume of a hexagonal pyramid?

To get the volume of a **regular hexagonal pyramid** of the side length `a`

and the height `h`

:

**Square the side length to get**.`a²`

**Multiply**a² by its**height,**.`h`

**Multiply**this product by the**square root of three,**.`√3`

**Divide**everything by.`2`

- The result is your desired volume! Alternatively, you can write it in the single formula form:
`V = √3 / 2 × a² × h`

.

### What is the volume of the Great Pyramid of Giza?

The Great Pyramid of Giza's volume is roughly ** 92 million ft³ or 2.6 million m³**. We can obtain this value by assuming the Pyramid of Khufu is a right square pyramid. It has a length of

`756.4 ft (230.6 m)`

and a height of `481.4 ft (146.7 m)`

.### How do I find the volume of a pentagonal pyramid?

To get the volume of a **regular pentagonal pyramid** with a side length of `a`

and a height of `h`

:

**Square the side length to get**.`a²`

**Multiply**a² by its**height,**.`h`

**Multiply**this product by.`√(25 + 10√5)`

**Divide**everything by.`12`

- You can also write the resulting formula as:
`V = √(25 + 10√5) / 12 × a² × h`

.

### How do I find the volume of an octagonal pyramid?

To get the volume of a **regular octagonal pyramid** with a side length of `a`

and a height of `h`

:

**Square the side length to get**.`a²`

**Multiply**a² by its**height,**.`h`

**Multiply**this product by.`2×(1 + √2)`

**Divide**everything by.`3`

- That's all! The general formula for a regular octagonal pyramid reads:
`V = 2 × (1 + √2) / 3 × a² × h`

.

The volume formula works for both right and oblique pyramids.

**Advanced mode**to show slant height, lateral edge length and surface area, for right pyramids.