# Formula Area of a Cylinder

How to Find a Cylinder's Area

### Animation of Surface Area

This page examines the properties of a right circular cylinder. A cylinder has a radius (r) and a height (h) (see picture below).

This shape is similar to a can. The surface area is the area of the top and bottom circles (which are the same), and the area of the rectangle (label that wraps around the can).

### The Cylinder Area Formula

The picture below illustrates how the formula for the area of a cylinder is simply the sum of the areas of the top and bottom circles plus the area of a rectangle. This rectangle is what the cylinder would look like if we 'unraveled' it.

Below is a picture of the general formula for area.