Calculate Surface Area and Volume of Rectangular Prism - Definition, Formula, Example

How to Calculate Volume and Surface Area of Rectangular Box

Definition:

In a rectangular box, the total box surface area is comprised of 3 pairs of sides for a sum of 6 sides. This tutorial explains you how to calculate the volume and surface area of a rectangular prism.

Formula:

Surface Area = 2 (wl + lh + hw) Volume = l x h x w
Where,
l = length w = width h = height
Example :

A manufacturer is shipping a certain material in boxes which are 24 meters long, 16 meters wide and 12 meters high. What is the volume and surface area of the box?

Given,

length = 24 m width = 16 m height = 12 m

To Find,

Surface area and Volume of Rectangular Prism

Solution:
Step 1:
Surface Area = 2 (wl + lh + hw)
= 2 ((16 x 24) + (24 x 12) + (12 x 16))
= 2 (384 + 288 + 192)
= 2 x 864
= 1728
Step 2:
Volume = l x w x h
= 24 x 16 x 12
= 4608

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