A prism has the same cross section all along its length. A cross section is the shape you cut straight across an object. A prism's cross section results into a triangle that is characterised by flat sides.

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A prism is a three dimensional figure of a rectangle, triangle, or block of some sort. Look at a triangle and add three sides and then add more structured edges. This would be a prism. You can find more information here: http://www.math.com/school/subject3/lessons/S3U4L2GL.html

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