Total Surface Area and Volume of a Box

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The Length, Width, And Height Of A Box

The total surface area is made up of three pairs of sides for a total of six sides.

We must find Areahw, which is the area of the side that is h by w.

Areahw = (h)(w)

We must find Areahl, which is the area of the side that is h by l.

Areahl = (h)(l)

We must find Areawl, which is the area of the side that is w by l.

Areawl = (w)(l)

 

Each of the above areas are present on two sides of the box. So, the total surface area is sum of twice each of these areas, that is:

Total Surface Area = 2(Areahw) + 2(Areahl) + 2(Areawl)

 

The volume of the box is simply the product of h, w, and l.

Volume = (h)(w)(l)

 

Example:

The Length, Width, And Height Of A Box

Let h = 3 cm, w = 5 cm, l = 8 cm


Areahw = (h)(w) = (3 cm)(5 cm) = 15 cm2

Areahl = (h)(l) = (3 cm)(8 cm) = 24 cm2

Areawl = (w)(l) = (5 cm)(8 cm) = 40 cm2

 

Total Surface Area = 2(Areahw) + 2(Areahl) + 2(Areawl)

Total Surface Area = 2(15 cm2) + 2(24 cm2) + 2(40 cm2)

Total Surface Area = 30 cm2 + 48 cm2 + 80 cm2

Total Surface Area = 158 cm2

 

Volume = (h)(w)(l)

Volume = (3 cm)(5 cm)(8 cm)

Volume = 120 cm3


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