In this lesson I will teach you how to find the surface area of basic figures. Surface area has the same units of measure as area however the concept is a little different. One way to think of surface area is the amount of wrapping paper it would take to cover a box. Unlike basic area, surface area “covers” a basic figure in a 3 dimensional manner. As in other area topics we will be using formulas so take good notes and feel free to use a calculator. Also you should try to sketch the shapes of these figures when you practice as a drawing is always useful when modeling and solving a problem. Of course it’s not enough to just watch the lesson- you need to practice as much as you can as these basic geometry problems are everywhere in math and are common on exams like the SAT and GED.

TabletClass Math Basic Surface Area Lesson from John Zimmerman on Vimeo.

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