Surface area of a cube

Definition: The number of square units that will exactly cover the surface of a cube
Try this Drag the slider to resize the cube. The surface area is calculated as you drag. Also rotate the cube by dragging it.

How to find the surface area of a cube

Recall that a cube has all edges the same length (See Cube definition). This means that each of the cube's six faces is a square. The total surface area is therefore six times the area of one face.

Or as a formula:

Where s is the length of any edge of the cube.

If you know the surface area

If you already know the area, you can find the edge length by rearranging the formula above: where a is the surface area.


Remember that the length of an edge and the surface area will be in similar units. So if the edge length is in miles, then the surface area will be in square miles, and so on.


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Use the calculator above to calculate the properties of a cube.

Enter any one value and the others will be calculated. For example, enter the side length and the volume will be calculated.

Similarly, if you enter the surface area, the side length needed to get that area will be calculated.

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