# What is a rectangular prism? Definition and examples

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

## Other names given to rectangular prisms

- Rectangular parallelepiped

## 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 bookcase could have the same shape as a rectangular prism

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