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Q: How do you calculate the surface area of a rectangular prism?

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The surface area of a cylinder prism has round shape and the surface of a rectangular prism has a square shape.

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Suppose that the area of the rectangular base is: lw then if the height is: h the surface area is: lw + lh + wh I believe that formula is for the surface area of a rectangular prism...

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There is no direct relationship.

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Surface area = 2ab + 2bc + 2ac

The surface area of a cylinder prism has round shape and the surface of a rectangular prism has a square shape.

surface area of a rectangular prism is the formula: 2lw+2wh+2lh

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LxWx2

Assuming you mean a rectangular prism, you get the smallest surface area if the prism is a cube. You can calculate the required length of side to get that volume; then, based on that, the corresponding surface area.

I am not sure that a rectangular prism is in any position to care!

Squared. When you find surface area, you are only finding the area of the shapes that make up the three-denominational shape.

Suppose that the area of the rectangular base is: lw then if the height is: h the surface area is: lw + lh + wh I believe that formula is for the surface area of a rectangular prism...

Given the surface area of a rectangular prism, there are infinitely many rectangular prisms possible.

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