Our world is filled with three-dimensional objects. When it comes to knowing the volume and surface area of these objects, there are two definitions that you have to know. Surface area is the area of all outer facing surfaces on an object. The total surface area is calculated by adding all the areas on the surface: the areas of the base, top, and lateral surfaces (sides) of the object. This is done using different area formulas and measured in square units.

Volume is the amount of space that a three dimensional object takes up. There are also different formulas for different three-dimensional shapes. The total volume of an object is measured in cubic units.