# Geometry - Surface Area of Prisms and Cylinders

Let's say you were going to paint your room. You wouldn't want to just guess about how much paint you needed, instead it would be a perfect time to use those lateral area skills to determine exactly how many cans of paint would be required to paint the whole room. Lateral area is the surface area of a shape minus the bases. It is also an integral component of surface area as it composes a portion of the total surface area.

In today's free Geometry video, Professor Edward Burger explains Surface Area of Prisms and Cylinders so the next time you decide to paint your room; you'll be able to figure out how much paint you need so you don't end up with too little or too much! In addition to prisms and cylinders, you'll also learn how to find the surface area of composite three-dimensional figures. These can be tricky for many students as there are multiple shapes involved, but Professor Burger shows how it can be simple with a little extra thought. Definitely pay close attention to each of the 5 lectures as Surface Area can be used often in your daily life. Make sure you click on the forward button to the left of the time stamp as you won't want to miss a single lecture!