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Surface Area Of Prisms Worksheet

Surface Area Of Prisms Worksheet

Help your students prepare for their Maths GCSE with this free surface area of prisms worksheet of 34 questions and answers

  • Section 1 of the surface area of prisms worksheet contains 27 skills-based surface area of prisms questions, in 3 groups to support differentiation
  • Section 2 contains 4 applied surface area of prisms questions with a mix of word problems and deeper problem solving questions
  • Section 3 contains 3 foundation and higher level GCSE exam style surface area of prisms questions 
  • Answers and a mark scheme for all surface area of prisms questions are provided
  • Questions follow variation theory with plenty of opportunities for learners to work independently at their own level
  • All questions created by fully qualified expert secondary maths teachers

Suitable for GCSE maths revision for AQA, OCR and Edexcel exam boards

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Surface area of prisms at a glance


Surface area is a measure of the total area of all of the faces of a solid shape. A prism is a 3D shape with identical polygons at each end, connected by a number of rectangular faces. To find the total surface area of a prism, we find the area of each face and add them together. 


For example, a triangular prism has two triangular ends connected by three rectangular sides. To find the total surface area of the triangular prism, we find the area of the two triangles. We then find the area of the three sides (sometimes called the lateral surface area) and add these to the area of the triangles to give the total surface area.


Surface area of 3D shapes is measured in square units such as cm^2 or mm^2 .


Looking forward, students can then progress to additional surface area worksheets and other geometry worksheets, for example a simplifying expressions worksheet or simultaneous equations worksheet.


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