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Question from Cari, a student:

How do you find the surface area of a hexagonal prism? Thank you.

Hi Cari,

The surface of a hexagonal prism is composed of two hexagons and six parallelograms. The area of a parallelogram is the length of the base times the height where the height is the perpendicular distance from the base to the side parallel to the base. The area of a regular hexagon can be found in Sue's answer to an earlier question.


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