Hexagonal Prism

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The hexagonal prism is, like the pentagonal prism, not a commonly studied prism at elementary level.  

Except for identification, an elementary student is most likely not going to be expected to perform calculations regarding this 3d shape.  However, just in case, I have included it in this section for your use.

The most common every day example of a hexagon I have seen is traffic sign posts (some are of course pentagons and octagons). Of course these are three dimensional, but appear to be two dimensional flat shapes to most kids. An excellent, obviously three dimensional object, are nuts from a nuts and bolts set!

The Facts


Cross Section


EIGHT - The front and back faces (2) which are hexagons, and six rectangles (6) which connect them.


12 Vertices


18 Edges

Surface Area

Where: l = distance from front face to back face


Where: l = distance from front face to back face; B =  Area of Base

Area of Hexagon

Your student is not expected to know or use this formula, I have put it here for interest purposes only.

If your child is expected to find the area of a Hexagon, it will be by calculating the area of triangles, when they are given the value of the Apothem.  Click the button below to get a full explanation of this method.

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