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Question from deborah, a parent:

Could you please tell me some examples of different objects in the real world of rectangular prisms?


A recatanglar prism has parallel bases that are congruent rectangles and the remaining faces are parallelograms. A cardboard carton has the shape of a rectangular prism and so does a child's block. (In this case the bases are squares, but squares are also rectangles.) The sides do not need to be perpendicular to the base so the shape outlined in orange below is a rectangilar prism.


Image from the Container Store


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