# Surface Area: Intuitive Introduction

- Author:
- Tim Brzezinski

## STUDENTS:

**To explore this resource in GeoGebra Augmented Reality, see the directions (below) that follow the questions.**

## 1.

How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **pink face**?
How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **gold face**?
How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **white face**?

## 2.

Use your answers for (1) to determine the TOTAL SURFACE AREA of this rectangular prism. That is, how many square units, or squares, cover the ENTIRE SURFACE of this rectangular prism?

## 3.

How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **pink face**?
How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **gold face**?
How many square units (i.e. "squares") appear on 1 **white face**?

## 4.

Use your answers for (3) to determine the TOTAL SURFACE AREA of this rectangular prism. That is, how many square units, or squares, cover the ENTIRE SURFACE of this rectangular prism?

## 5.

Without looking up anything on another tab in your internet browser, describe how we can determine the total surface area (number of squares) that cover the entire surface of this rectangular prism. *Be specific! *

## TO EXPLORE IN GEOGEBRA AUGMENTED REALITY:

**ARCore by Google**already installed on it. Here's the link to install it (if you have not yet done so). 2) Also be sure

**GeoGebra 3D Graphing Calculator**is installed on your device. If you have not yet installed it, you can download it here. 3) Open up

**GeoGebra 3D Graphing Calculator**on your device. 4) Go to the MENU (horizontal bars) in the upper left corner. Select OPEN. In the

**Search GeoGebra Resources**input box, type

**fmbmkpj7**(Note this is the resource ID = last 8 digits of the URL for this resource.) 5) In the resource that uploads to the

**GeoGebra 3D Graphing Calculator**, zoom out and/or adjust the LENGTH, WIDTH, & HEIGHT sliders to create a prism with dimensions you like. Press the AR button in the lower right corner of your 3D screen. Follow the directions that appear. For more info with respect to opening GeoGebra Augmented Reality, click here. 6)

**Additional Notes:**The

**slider named "e"**will cause the rectangular prism to fold out into its net. The

**slider named "j"**will cause different faces of the prism to appear and disappear. The

**slider named "Filling"**will change color opacity of each of the faces.

*Have fun exploring!*