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Q: How many bases are in a square pyramid?

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A square pyramid has 1 square base and 4 triangle-shaped sides.

The base is the bottom, so a square-based pyramid has ONE base.

A square based pyramid has 8 edges, 6 vertices and 5 faces.

they both have square bases

5. one for the square bottom, and one for each side coming out from the square

While it is possible for a pyramid to have a square bases, you should not assume that all pyramids have square bases. Try to picture a triangular pyramid in your head, hopefully you can see that it is possible, and this would answer your question.

5 faces one on the bottom and 4 for the sides

A square pyramid has five faces, one of which is a square and the remaining four are triangles. Conventionally such a pyramid is called a square BASED pyramid and in that context it has only one base. [That definition is used to distinguish it from a pentagonal pyramid, a hexagonal pyramid, etc.] However, any one of the five faces can be at the bottom.

It is a pyramid that has a triangle as its base. The pyramids of Egypt are all built on square bases.

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