You're absolutely right! I apologize for the mistake in the previous explanation. Here's a more accurate way to find the surface area of a triangular prism:
There are two main approaches to finding the surface area of a triangular prism:
1. Separating the faces and calculating areas:

Imagine the triangular prism unfolded, like a net. You'll see two triangular bases and three rectangular faces.

Area of Triangular Bases:

Calculate the area of each triangular base using the formula: Area of Triangle = 1/2 * base * height

Where:

base is the length of any side of the triangle.

height is the perpendicular distance from the base to the opposite vertex (corner) of the triangle.

Since you have two identical triangular bases, multiply the area of one triangle by 2.

Area of Rectangular Faces:

Calculate the area of each rectangular face. The area of a rectangle is simply: Area of Rectangle = length * width

Where:

length is the longer side of the rectangle face (usually the slant height of the triangular base).

width is the shorter side of the rectangle face (which is the base length of the triangle).

Total Surface Area:

Once you have the areas of the two triangles and the three rectangles, add all the areas together to find the total surface area.
Formula:
Total Surface Area = 2 * Area of Triangle Base + Area of Rectangle 1 + Area of Rectangle 2 + Area of Rectangle 3
2. Using a single formula (applicable in some cases):

If the triangular prism is a right prism (where the lateral faces are perpendicular to the base), you can use a single formula to find the surface area:
Formula:
Total Surface Area = B + L * p

Where:

B is the area of one triangular base (calculated as mentioned earlier).

L is the perimeter of the triangular base (sum of the three sides of the triangle).

p is the height of the prism (the distance between the two triangular bases).
Important Note:

The second formula with L (perimeter) is only applicable for right triangular prisms where the lateral faces are perpendicular to the base. For oblique prisms (where the lateral faces are slanted), you'll need to use the first method (separating faces) to calculate the areas of the rectangular faces.
By understanding these methods and considering the specific type of triangular prism (right or oblique) you're dealing with, you can effectively calculate its surface area.