Q: How did the rectangular pyramid get its name?

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a rectangular pyramid

Rectangular prism = 6Triangular prism = 5 Triangular pyramid = 4 Rectangular prism: it is still 6 Rectangular pyramid = 5.

Rectangular pyramid.

Triangular prism - 6 Rectangular prism - 8 Rectangular pyramid - 5 Square pyramid - 5 Answer: Rectangular prism

A triangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides.A rectangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides and 1 rectangular side.

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A rectangular pyramid.

a rectangular pyramid

Rectangular prism = 6Triangular prism = 5 Triangular pyramid = 4 Rectangular prism: it is still 6 Rectangular pyramid = 5.

Rectangular pyramid.

A rectangular pyramid.

Triangular prism - 6 Rectangular prism - 8 Rectangular pyramid - 5 Square pyramid - 5 Answer: Rectangular prism

Rectangular pyramid: 5 Rectangular prism: 8 So (minus 3) more vertices in a rectangular pyramid.

A triangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides. A rectangular pyramid has 2 triangular sides and 3 rectangular sides.

A triangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides.A rectangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides and 1 rectangular side.

In trigonometry, we call it a rectangular pyramid.

Rectangular prism has 3 more vertices than rectangular pyramid. Rectangular prism has 8 vertices. Rectangular pyramid has 5 vertices.

The best way to describe it unambiguously is calling it a rectangle based pyramid.