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# Volume of a Hexagonal Prism

## Volume of a Hexagonal Prism Lesson

### Hexagonal Prism Volume Formula

The formula for volume of a hexagonal prism is given as:

\begin{align} & V = \frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2}a^{2}h \end{align}

Where V is the volume, a is the hexagon base's edge length, and h is the height of the prism.

INTRODUCING

#### What is a Hexagonal Prism?

A hexagonal prism is the three-dimensional shape that is created from extending the face of a hexagon upwards into the third dimension. Since a hexagon is two dimensional, it becomes a prism once it extends upwards into the third dimension.

The difference between a hexagonal prism and a rectangular prism is the shape of the cross section. The cross section of a prism is what we see if we cut the prism on a plane that is parallel to its base plane. It will appear as the shape that the base of the prism is made of, which is a hexagon in the case of a hexagonal prism, and a rectangle in the case of a rectangular prism.

### Volume of a Hexagonal Prism Example Problem

Let's go through an example problem together to practice finding the volume of a hexagonal prism.

Find the volume of a hexagonal prism with a base edge length of 20 and a prism height of 10.

Solution:

1. We have all values needed to use the volume formula directly. Let's plug the given dimensions into the volume formula.
2. V = 3√32a2h
3. V = 3√32(202)(10) = 10,392.3
4. The volume of the hexagonal prism is 10,392.3.
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