Surface area formula
The surface area of a rectangular prism is given by the formula:
SA = 2lw + 2lh + 2wh
where SA is the surface area, l is the length, w is the width, and h is the height.
How to calculate the surface area of a rectangular prism
Here's an example:
Suppose we have a rectangular prism with the following dimensions:
Length (l) = 5 cm
Width (w) = 3 cm
Height (h) = 4 cm
To find the surface area, we use the formula:
SA = 2lw + 2lh + 2wh =
2(5 cm x 3 cm) + 2(5 cm x 4 cm) + 2(3 cm x 4 cm) =
30 + 40 + 24 = 94 square cm
Therefore, the surface area of the rectangular prism is 94 square cm.
Note that the units for surface area are square units (e.g. square cm, square inches, etc.).
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