What is a rectangular prism? Definition and examples

rectangular prism is a prism whose base is a rectangle and the sides are also rectangles. The figure below shows a rectangular prism.

Rectangular prism

Other names given to rectangular prisms

  • Rectangular solid
  • Rectangular parallelepiped
  • Right rectangular prism
  • Cuboid

Properties of a rectangular prism

  • A rectangular prism has six faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertices
  • Opposite faces are congruent and parallel to each other

Real-life examples of rectangular pyramid

A rectangular prism is a very common geometric shape. Here are some real-life examples, just to mention a few.

  • A brick commonly used to build walls or pathways
  • A book such as a math book
  • A cereal box
  • A room
  • A refrigerator
  • A desktop computer tower
  • A bookcase could have the same shape as a rectangular prism
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