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The surface area formulae for all prisms and cylinders are the same. They are all (two x the area of the base) plus (the perimeter of the base x the height of the object).

Even though a prism is a three-dimensional object, its surface area is two-dimensional.

**Study and practice**

- Study how to find the surface area of cubes and cuboidsRead about how to calculate the surface area of cuboids and cubes, watch an animation, then try to figure out the surface area of the prism. You can also practice finding the surface area of objects with different side lengths - the interactive program will let you know how you're doing!
- Read about surface area of cubesThis page from basic-mathematics.com has a crystal clear explanation about how to find the surface area of a cube. The explanation if followed by worked examples.
- Read about surface area of cuboidsBasic-mathematics.com offers a straightforward explanation followed by worked examples.
- Read about surface area of prisms and cylindersRead about finding the surface area of the above objects. At the end of the page, you can download a program that will let you practice finding the surface area of different objects.
- Download a worksheet for surface area of cubes, cuboids and prismsDownload and print this worksheet on surface area calculations. This worksheet is not in metric units and includes cylinders as well as prisms. Answers included!
- Quiz yourself on surface area of cubes and cuboidsTry this surface area quiz at mathguide.com

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