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would it be lateral surface area or total surface area if your trying to find how many square feet must be painted?

 Mar 8, 2016
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Well, I assume you are not painting the ground or ceiling, just the walls.

 

Lateral surface area is the area of the curved part of a curved shape (ex. cylinder, cone, etc.).

 

Total surface area includes the flat bases as well.

 

Assuming you are only painting the walls, you would be calculating lateral surface area.

 Mar 8, 2016
edited by Anonymous4338  Mar 8, 2016

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