## Derivation of formula for volume of a frustum of pyramid/cone

**Frustum of a pyramid and frustum of a cone**

The formula for frustum of a pyramid or frustum of a cone is given by

$V = \dfrac{h}{3} \left[ \, A_1 + A_2 + \sqrt{A_1A_2} \, \right]$

Where:

h = perpendicular distance between A_{1} and A_{2} (h is called the altitude of the frustum)

A_{1} = area of the lower base

A_{2} = area of the upper base

Note that A_{1} and A_{2} are parallel to each other.