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Subject: math surface area and volume of a prism
Name: jasmine
Who are you: Student

What is the formula to find the volume of a triangular prism

Hi Jasmine,

In the glossary section of the Resource room at Math Central there is a definition of a prism.

a geometric solid with two bases that are congruent, parallel polygons and all other faces are parallelograms. It is referred to as a right prism if the faces are rectangles. A prisms is named according to the shape of its bases. e.g. triangular prism

I don't know an easy way to prove this but the volume of a prism is the area of the polygonal base times the height of the prism, where the height of the prism is the perpendicular distance between the parallel, polygonal bases.


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