Slicing a Right Rectangular Pyramid with a Plane
Videos and solutions to help Grade 7 students learn how to describe rectangular regions that result from slicing a right rectangular prism by a plane perpendicular to one of the faces.
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New York State Common Core Math Grade 7, Module 6, Lesson 17
Lesson 17 Student Outcomes
• Students describe polygonal regions that result from slicing a right rectangular pyramid by a plane perpendicular to the base and by another plane parallel to the base.
Lesson 17 Summary
• The vertex of a right rectangular pyramid lies on the line perpendicular to the base at its center (the
intersection of the rectangle base’s diagonals); a pyramid that is not a right rectangular pyramid will
have a vertex that is not on the line perpendicular to the base at its center.
• Students should visualize slices made perpendicular to the base of a pyramid by imagining a piece of paper
passing through a given segment on a lateral face perpendicularly towards the base. Consider the outline the
slice would make on the faces of the pyramid.
• Slices made parallel to the base of a right rectangular pyramid are scale drawings (i.e., reductions) of the
rectangular base of the pyramid.
Lesson 17 Classwork
: Given a rectangular region B in a plane A, and a point V not in E, the rectangular pyramid with
base B and vertex V is the collection of all segments VP for any point P in B. It can be shown that the planar region
defined by a side of the base B and the vertex V is a triangular region, called a lateral face.
Use the models you built to assist in a sketch of a pyramid: Though you are sketching from a model that is opaque, use
dotted lines to represent the edges that cannot be seen from your perspective.
Sketch a right rectangular pyramid from three vantage points: (1) from directly over the vertex, (2) facing straight on to a
lateral face, and (3) from the bottom of the pyramid. Explain how each drawing shows each view of the pyramid.
Assume the following figure is a top-down view of a rectangular pyramid. Make a
reasonable sketch of any two adjacent lateral faces. What measurements must be the
same between the two lateral faces? Mark the equal measurements. Justify your
reasoning for your choice of equal measurements.
a. A slicing plane passes through segment a parallel to base B of the right rectangular
pyramid below. Sketch what the slice will look like into the figure. Then sketch the
resulting slice as a two-dimensional figure. Students may choose how to represent
the slice (e.g., drawing a 2D or 3D sketch or describing the slice in words).
b. What shape does the slice make? What is the relationship between the slice and the rectangular base of the
A slice is to be made along segment perpendicular to base B of the right rectangular pyramid below.
a. Which of the following figures shows the correct slice? Justify why each of the following figures is or is not a
correct diagram of the slice.
b. A slice is taken through the vertex of the pyramid perpendicular to the base. Sketch what the slice will look
like into the figure. Then, sketch the resulting slice itself as a two-dimensional figure.
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