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# What is a trapezoidal prism?

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A trapezoidal prism is a three-dimensional figure that consists of two trapezoids on opposite faces connected by four rectangles. A trapezoidal prism has six faces, eight vertices and 12 edges.

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The volume of a trapezoidal prism is computed by multiplying the surface area of one of the trapezoid faces by the distance between the two trapezoids. This method, multiplying the surface area of a base by the height, is the same for computing the volume of any prism. The surface area of a trapezoidal prism is computed by multiplying the surface area of one of the prisms by two and then adding the product of the perimeter of the trapezoid times the height of the figure.

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A pentagonal prism has five lateral faces and two pentagonal bases, which equal seven faces. A prism has two congruent polygons that form the top and bottom of the shape. These polygons are referred to as bases. The remaining sides are referred to as lateral faces.

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A hexagonal prism has 12 vertices, along with eight faces and 18 edges. This shape has two hexagonal sides, as well as size rectangular sides that connect the sides of the hexagons.

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A rectangular prism has six faces. Unlike many other prisms, the faces on a rectangular prism are all rectangles. For instance, a trapezoidal prism has two faces that are trapezoids while the other faces are rectangles.