Everything you ever wanted to know about rectangular prisms. Whether you’re a student learning about polyhedrons for the first time, or a parent who needs a recap, by the time you get to the end of this webpage, you’ll be an expert.
Rectangular Prism Definition
An rectangular prism is a 3D object with two rectangular or square caps and rectangular or square sides. A cube is an example of a rectangular prism.
Examples of Rectangular Prisms
Rectangular Prism Paper Model and Net
Below is a free printable rectangular prism net. Please open the pdf file by clicking on the image below. Then you will be able to download the file in your browser. (If you are unable to see the PDF, you may need an updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.)
A printable rectangular prism net pdf
2. Cut out the rectangular prism net along its perimeter. Fold along the lines of the flaps and shapes that make up the net.
3. Fold the pieces of the prism so that the rectangle caps are facing. Tape the flaps under the faces with scotch tape. Once all the flaps are taped, your paper model is complete.
Surface Area Formulas
The surface area of a prism is equal to the sum of the areas of its faces. A rectangular prism is made up of 4 rectangle side faces and 2 rectangle cap faces.
Vertices, Faces, and Edges
An rectangular prism has 6 faces, 8 vertices, and 12 edges.
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