Lesson 14Nets and Surface Area
Let’s use nets to find the surface area of polyhedra.
Learning Targets:
 I can match polyhedra to their nets and explain how I know.
 When given a net of a prism or a pyramid, I can calculate its surface area.
14.1 Matching Nets
Each of the following nets can be assembled into a polyhedron. Match each net with its corresponding polyhedron, and name the polyhedron. Be prepared to explain how you know the net and polyhedron go together.
14.2 Using Nets to Find Surface Area
Your teacher will give you the nets of three polyhedra to cut out and assemble.
 Name the polyhedron that each net would form when assembled.
A:
B:
C:

Cut out your nets and use them to create threedimensional shapes.
 Find the surface area of each polyhedron. Explain your reasoning clearly.
Are you ready for more?

For each of these nets, decide if it can be assembled into a rectangular prism.

For each of these nets, decide if it can be folded into a triangular prism.
Lesson 14 Summary
A net of a pyramid has one polygon that is the base. The rest of the polygons are triangles. A pentagonal pyramid and its net are shown here.
A net of a prism has two copies of the polygon that is the base. The rest of the polygons are rectangles. A pentagonal prism and its net are shown here.
In a rectangular prism, there are three pairs of parallel and identical rectangles. Any pair of these identical rectangles can be the bases.
For instance, the net of a rectangular prism shows three pairs of rectangles: 4 units by 2 units, 3 units by 2 units, and 4 units by 3 units.
The surface area of the rectangular prism is 52 square units because .
Lesson 14 Practice Problems

Can the following net be assembled into a cube? Explain how you know. Label parts of the net with letters or numbers if it helps your explanation.

 What polyhedron can be assembled from this net? Explain how you know.
 Find the surface area of this polyhedron. Show your reasoning.

Here are two nets. Mai said that both nets can be assembled into the same triangular prism. Do you agree? Explain or show your reasoning.

Here are two threedimensional figures.
Tell whether each of the following statements describes Figure A, Figure B, both, or neither.
 This figure is a polyhedron.
 This figure has triangular faces.
 There are more vertices than edges in this figure.
 This figure has rectangular faces.
 This figure is a pyramid.
 There is exactly one face that can be the base for this figure.
 The base of this figure is a triangle.
 This figure has two identical and parallel faces that can be the base.

Select all units that can be used for surface area. Explain why the others cannot be used for surface area.
 square meters
 feet
 centimeters
 cubic inches
 square inches
 square feet

Find the area of this polygon. Show your reasoning.