# Lateral Area of a Prism Calculator

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The lateral area of a prism is the sum of the areas of all the lateral faces (sides) of the prism. The calculation depends on the perimeter of the base and the height of the prism.

### Formula

The formula to calculate the lateral area of a prism is:

\[ \text{Lateral Area} = \text{Perimeter of Base} \times \text{Height of Prism} \]

### Example Calculation

If the perimeter of the base is 12 units and the height of the prism is 8 units, the lateral area would be:

\[ \text{Lateral Area} = 12 \times 8 = 96 \text{ square units} \]

### Importance and Usage

Understanding the lateral area of a prism is important in geometry and various practical applications, such as determining the amount of material needed to cover the sides of a 3D object. This calculator simplifies the process for both students and professionals alike.