Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free volume and surface area of cuboids worksheet of 44 questions and answers
A cuboid (or rectangular prism) is a 3D shape made up of six rectangular faces. We can use different methods to calculate the volume of a cuboid and the surface area of a cuboid. A cube is a special cuboid where all of the side lengths are equal and all of the faces are squares.
To find the volume of a cube or cuboid we use the following formula: volume of a cuboid = length x width x height. This is another way of writing the formula for the volume of prisms, where width x height is the area of the cross-section of the cuboid, so the volume of a cuboid is the area of the cross-section x length.
To find the surface area of the cuboid we find the area of each face and add them together to calculate the total surface area. In order to find the total surface area of a cube we only need to find the area of one of the faces and then multiply it by 6 because each of the 6 faces of a cube is the same. Surface area is measured in units squared.
Looking forward, students can then progress to additional geometry worksheets, for example a how to work out perimeter worksheet or a 3D shapes worksheet.
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