# What Are Some Differences Between Prisms And Pyramids?

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Anonymous answered
A prism is formed when the joining edges and faces are at a perpendicular angle to the base faces. This only applies if the faces that are joined are rectangular - this is called a right prism. If it is the case that the faces that join are not perpendicular to the base faces it is called an oblique prism.
Pyramids are a different shape and are with a three-dimensional polyhedron face where the bases are triangular and meet at one point, called the apex. The base of a pyramid can be any polygon though it is usually a square or a triangle touching three or four non-base faces.
A prism has many sides whereas the pyramid has five sides including a flat shape underneath.
A prism has three rectangular sides and 2 of these 3 rectangular surfaces are identical in size. Any rectangular side can work as an end.
A pyramid has a base and a connecting point, while a prism has a base, together with a translated copy of it.
The sides or faces formed in a pyramid are always triangles, while in a prism, they normally form a parallelogram.
A pyramid is often regarded as a solid building, while a prism is referred to something that is transparent, and can refract, reflect or split light.
This is a good visual representation of the differences visually www.slideshare.net/guest11dd19/prisms-pyramids
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Anonymous answered
A difference between a prism and a pyramid is that a prism is a shape with 2 congruent bases and a pyramid is a shape with one base.
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Anonymous answered
Pyramid: Pyramid has four sides and they are triangular in shape. Only 1 side is square in shape which is the base.

Prism: Prism has three rectangular sides and 2 of these 3 rectangular surfaces are identical in size. Any rectangular side can work as a base.
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Anonymous answered
The difference between Prisms and Pyramids are that Pyramids have only one possible base and all of the prisms faces can be bases.
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Anonymous answered
The difference between a pyramid and prism (in geometry) is that a pyramid has one base and lateral faces that are triangles where prisms have two congruent bases and lateral faces that are parallelograms.
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Anonymous answered
Prisms are connected by rectangles and Pyramids are connected by triangles. Also Prisms have two bases and pyramids have one base. Hope my answer helps! :-]
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Anonymous answered
Similarities:
• They both have many different kinds.
•      They both have edges, vertices and faces to make the shape.
Differences:
• A pyramid only has one possible base.
• A pyramid joins to a point.
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Anonymous answered
Prisms are solids whose top and bottom ends are equal and parallel, but pyramids are solids with flat sides which slope to a point called the apex.   NOUNA
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Anonymous answered
Pyramids
- 1 base
- opposite ends on the bottom are parallel to each other
- Used for Egyptian temples
- All sides join at the top vertex
- triangular sides

Prisms
- 2 Bases
- has a vertex
- Rectangular sides
- Opposite ends are parallel to each other

Both
- Can be used for roofs
- Can have many sides
- Can be used in skyscrapers
- Both have many different kinds
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Anonymous answered
Prisms: Lateral sides are always rectangles.
Pyramids: Lateral sides are always triangles.
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Anonymous answered
A prism has 2 bases and a pyramid has 1
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johntavis king answered
Prisms have many sides and and a pyramid has 5 side counting the base of the pyramid
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Anonymous answered
The difference between prisms & pyramids is:
Prisms:-   Pyramids:-
-solid   -have triangular faces
-they have faces   -they have 5 faces
-all edges are connected   -all the faces meet at a point(apex)
-they have vertices   -they have a square base
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Anonymous answered
%#*because a prism  has two bases & a pyramid only has one base*#%
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Anonymous answered
I have a table that shows the area of the 4 largest states in the United States and their ranking. How do I find the difference between the area of the 4th ranked state and the 1st ranked state?
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Anonymous answered
I also don't understand the difference between a prism and a pyramid. Can someone explain to me?
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Anonymous answered
If you cut a prism in half it stays the same shape but if you cut a pyramid in half it doesnt stay the same shape
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Anonymous answered
Prism:they only had one base   pyramid:they had 2 or more base
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Anonymous answered
They both have angles.
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Anonymous answered
It is a peice of popcorn
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Anonymous answered
I don't know I'm doin my math hw I need answeres or else the teach goin 2 gime detention
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