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Q: What the shape of base for a triangular prism?

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A triangular prism can have a square or triangular base.

It is normally rectangular in shape.

No. The 'rectangular' or 'triangular' refer to the shape of the base of the prism. These are different.

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A triangular prism is so called because the shape of the ends is a triangle. A triangular pyramid is so called because the shape of the base is a triangle.

Their base shape. For example a rectangular prism has base that is a rectangle. Guess what kind of base shape a triangular prism has? yes, triangle.

You can call it a "triangular prism" rather than "triangular based prism" ... saying a prism is "triangular" imply that the base is a triangle. There's no other name that I know of. A prism is just a 3d shape, so all you have to say is <type of shape> + prism to get the point across.

it is called a triangular prism

A triangular prism has a triangle and a rectangular prism doesn't.

A triangular prism has two triangular faces, a rectangular prism does not have any.

a triangular prism is different from a rectangular prism because: their names are different a triangular prism has a triangle for its' base a rectangular prism has a rectangle base a triangular prism has less sides than a rectangular prism a rectangular prism has more sides than a triangular prism

A Square prism has a square base a triangular has a trianguler base

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