Use the rectangular prism shown below to complete parts (a) through (d) below. Homework Help ✎
Calculate the surface area of the prism. Show all your subproblems.
Explain why the exponent for area units is 2 (that is, cm2).
Calculate the volume of the prism.
Explain why the exponent for volume units is a 3 (that is, cm3).
To find the surface area, find the area of each face of the prism.
There are 6 faces in a rectangular prism. Each of the three
different faces shown in the image have an opposite face, so find
the area of each of those 3 faces and multiply it by 2.
How many terms do you multiply together to find area?
To find area, you multiply two dimensions. Just as (x)(x)=x2,
To find the volume of a rectangular prism, multiply the base,
height, and width together.
See part (b).