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# What is a prism with a cross section in the shape of a rectangle is?

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Both are prisms. A prism is a 3D shape which has a uniform cross
section, so anywhere along it's length where you take a slice you
always see the same shape. To say which prism you mean we add the
name of this cross section 'triangular prism', 'hexagonal prism'
etc. We have a special name for a circular prism - a cylinder.
Also, a rectangular prism is a cuboid.

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### How can knowing the formula for the area of a rectangle help you find the surface area of a prism?

The cross-section of a prism is the same - it is the same as the
shape of the two parallel "bases"; this cross-section can be any
shape, not necessarily a rectangle.
Each side of a prism is rectangular, so knowing the formula for
a rectangle will help you along to finding the surface area of the
prism by helping you to calculate the area of the sides; however,
you will still need to be able to calculate the area of the bases
(unless it is given to you), for which knowing the area of a
rectangle may not (usually will not) help.