Surface Area of a Triangular Prism Calculator

Created by Łucja Zaborowska, MD, PhD candidate
Reviewed by Steven Wooding
Last updated: Mar 11, 2022

Our surface area of a triangular prism calculator offers you 4 different ways to calculate all the queries connected to the surface area of a prism! Go ahead and give it a try; our sample pictures and detailed instructions make it all easier than it's ever been! 🔺

Follow our short article to:

  • Discover different prism triangular faces;
  • Learn about the lateral surface area of a triangular prism; ...and finally
  • Uncover how to find the area of a triangular prism.

Are you ready? Let's go!

How to use the surface area of a triangular prism calculator?

This section is a step-by-step instruction on how to find the surface area of a triangular prism using our handy tool; take a look at the mathematical problem you want to solve and gather the following information:

1. Determine the type of a triangular face

💡 Triangular face is the base of our prism. Every single prism has two triangular faces (both are the shape of a triangle).

Find all the information regarding the triangular face that are present in your query:

  1. If only two sides of a triangle are given, it usually means that your triangular face is a right triangle (a triangle that has a right angle = 90° between two of its sides).

    • You need to pick the ◣ right triangle option (this option serves as the surface area of a right triangular prism calculator)
    • You can input any two given sides of the triangle - be careful and check which ones of them touch the right angle (a, b) and which one doesn't (c).
  2. If they gave you all three sides of a triangle - you're the lucky one!

    • Choose the ▲ 3 sides option; then
    • Input all three sides wherever you want (a, b, c).
  3. If they give you two sides and an angle between them

    • Pick the ▲ 2 sides + angle between
  4. If you're given 2 angles and only one side between them

    • Choose the ▲ 2 angles + side between option

2. Enter all the data given in your query

We're giving you over 15 units to choose from! Remember to always choose the unit given in the query and don't be afraid to mix them; our calculator allows that as well!

💡Length is the height of the whole triangular prism - it's often the longest given value.

3. Your results are here 🎉

In this step, you may also choose from the wide range of area units - choose the one that best fits your needs.

Oh wow, you've already read it all! It's time to take a step forward and try something new:

🔺 Triangular tools:

♦️ Rectangula tools:

How to calculate the surface area of a triangular prism?

Once again, we need to ask you about the data given in your query - choose the correct version of calculations based on a triangular base of your prism.

  1. ◣ right triangle

    You've probably been given only two sides of the triangular base; unfortunately, the right-angled triangular prism surface area requires us to know the triangular face (base) area:

    Base area = (a * b) / 2

    You need to remember that:

    • a, b are sides that touch the right angle (also called legs or catheti)
    • c is the side that doesn't touch the right angle (the hypotenuse).
    💡The third side of a right triangle can be calculated using the [pythagorean theorem](calc:53): a² + b² = c²

    After we've computed the base area, we may proceed to the actual surface calculation.

    Here's the most basic formula for triangular prism surface that we can use:

    Area = Length * (a + b + c) + (2 * Base area)


    Area = Length * Base perimeter + (2 * Base area)

    💡Base perimeter is the sum of all sides of a prism's base (a+b+c).

  2. ▲ 3 sides

    As in the previous example, we first need to know the base area.

    This can be calculated using the Heron's formula:

    Base area = 0.25 * √[(a + b + c) * (-a + b + c) * (a - b + c) * (a + b - c)],


    • a, b, c are the sides of a triangular base

    We used the same equations as in the previous example:

    Area = Length * (a + b + c) + (2 * Base area)


    Area = Length * Base perimeter + (2 * Base area)

  3. ▲ 2 sides + angle between

    Now it's the time when things get complicated.

    You can calculate the area of such a triangle using the trigonometry formula:

    Base area = 0.5 * a * b * sin(Angle γ)

    In this particular case, our triangular prism area calculator uses the following formula combined with the law of cosines:

    Area = Length * (a + b + √( b² + a² - (2 * b * a * cos(Angle γ)))) + a * b * sin(Angle γ)

  4. ▲ 2 angles + side between

    We're diving even deeper into math's secrets! 😱

    Here's the formula for the triangle area that we need to use:

    Area = = a² * sin(Angle β) * sin(Angle γ) / (2 * sin(Angle β + Angle γ))

    In this particular case, we're using the law of sines .

    And here's the surface area of a triangular prism formula that we need:

    Area = (Length * (a + a * (sin(Angle γ) / sin(Angle γ + Angle β)) + a * (sin(Angle β) / sin(Angle γ+Angle β)))) + a * ((a * sin(Angle γ)) / sin(Angle γ + Angle β)) * sin(Angle β)

    ❗ Make sure to use the [angle conversion](calc:211) if your angles are given in a different unit than degrees.

How to calculate the lateral surface of a triangular prism?

This calculation's extremely easy! You may either:

  • If you know all the sides of the triangular base, multiply their values by the length of the prism.

    Lateral surface of a triangular prism = Length * (a + b + c)

  • If you know the total surface area, subtract the triangular faces' surface from the prism's total surface area.

    Lateral surface = Total surface of a triangular prism - (2 * Surface of a triangular base )

Łucja Zaborowska, MD, PhD candidate
Triangle type
◣ right triangle
Triangular prism whose base is a right triangle

Prism length (L)
Prism surface area
Base area
Lateral surface
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