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Q: Can a triangular prism have a rectangular base or does this mean it is in fact a pyramid?

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A prism with an n-sided base will have 2n vertices. A pyramid with an n-sided base will have n + 1 vertices. 6, 4, 8 and 5 vertices respectively.

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

The base of a triangular prism is a triangle and the base of a square pyramid is a square.

The difference in a triangular and rectangular pyramid only has to do with the base of the pyramid, which in turn decide how many sides the pyramid will have. A triangular pyramid has a base shaped like a triangle, which ends up having a total of 4 sides (including the base itself). A rectangular pyramid has a rectangular base, which ends up having a total of 5 sides (including the base itself).

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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 prism with an n-sided base will have 2n vertices. A pyramid with an n-sided base will have n + 1 vertices. 6, 4, 8 and 5 vertices respectively.

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

Neither a triangular nor a rectangular pyramid has a square base. A square pyramid has a square base.

A triangular prism.

The base of a triangular prism is a triangle and the base of a square pyramid is a square.

A triangular PYRAMID has a triangular base.

Triangular prism

Yes, a rectangular pyramid is made of four triangular faces and a rectangular base.

A triangular prism has two congruent triangular bases in parallel planes and three rectangular faces joining them together. A triangular pyramid has four triangular faces, a triangular base and three triangular faces meeting at an apex above the base. Triangular prism: 6 vertices, 5 faces, 9 edges Triangular pyramid: 4 vertices, 4 faces, 6 edges

A rectangular pyramid has 5 faces: a rectangular base, and 4 triangular faces.

It is called a triangular prism.

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