12-3 Surface Area of Prisms

Key Words
• “Lateral” is a fancy word for “side”

LATERAL FACES

• Lateral Surface Area: the areas of all the lateral surfaces added up.

(Lateral Area) = ha + hb + hc = h(a + b + c) =h(Perimeter of the Base)

• Surface area of a prism: just add the lateral area to the areas of the two bases.

(Total Surface Area of Prism)= (Lateral Area) + (Area of Bases)

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