# Why are Egyptian pyramids triangular in shape?

# Why did the egyptians use the pyramid shape?

The Egyptians wanted their kings to have splendid tombs because they wanted the king's body to be well protected, and because they expected the spirits of their dead kings to use the tomb as a house until the end of all time. They also wanted to show that their kings were the richest and most powerf…ul rulers in the world, and a splendid tomb certainly made this point. We are not quite sure why they chose the pyramid shape, although it may have developed from the low mound of earth found on top of some of Egypt's earliest graves. As they hoped that the dead spirit would be able to travel from the tomb into the sky, the Egyptians might have thought that a ramp or stair-like building would help with this journey. They may even have thought that the straight sides of the pyramid looked a bit like the sun's rays -- particularly when the shiny, white pyramid reflected the sunlight and sparkled. The shape might also have been connected with their myth of creation and re-birth after death. The Egyptians believed that the world was created on an island, the mound of creation, and may have thought that the pyramid rising out of the desert looked a bit like this island. Finally, given that they wanted to raise a tall monument, the pyramid, with its wide flat base and no need for deep foundations, was probably the easiest architectural shape to build. http://www.digonsite.com/drdig/egypt/101.html ( Full Answer )

# Where are the Egyptian pyramids?

The ancient E gyptians built the pyramids where ever as long as it was in Egypt and on the west side of the Nile river. anywhere they could near a city named Giza west bank of the Nile.

# What is a triangular pyramid?

In geometry, pyramid has many forms such as rectangular pyramid,trapezoidal pyramid, quadrilateral pyramid and even triangularpyramid. Triangular pyramid is a pyramid with triangular base andcan be called as a tetrahedron if each of its faces has congruentequilateral triangles.

# How is a triangular pyramid like a triangular prism?

They both have a triangle as a base They both have more than one triangular face

# Why is an Egyptian pyramid triangular?

well the out side of a pyramid sometimes looks like stairs symbolizing the stairway to after life for the pharaohs

# Why are the Egyptian pyramids triangular in shape?

The pyramids of Egypt were built in a triangular shape to representa mound. The shape was a representation of the Egyptian belief thatthe Earth came from a mound. Note that while the pyramids are triangular from the side, theyactually occupy a square footprint (i.e. square pyramids). This wasin ord…er to align the pyramids with the cardinal directions. ( Full Answer )

# Why are pyramids triangular?

That is what they are defined as. A polygonal base with triangular faces meeting at an apex above the base.

# How do you describe a triangular pyramid?

A triangular pyramid is a three dimensional figure whose base is atriangle in shape. Triangular pyramids also have three side facesthat are also triangles, four vertices, and six edges.

# What does a look like triangular pyramid?

A triangular pyramid look just like it is said. It is a triangle that is 3-D.

# How many apexs does a triangular pyramid have?

A triangular pyramid has one apex. The apex of a pyramid is itspointed tip on top. A triangular pyramid has four faces and atriangle-shaped base.

# What is shaped like a triangular pyramid?

The Egyptian Pyramid that was made out of sand and stone. Look at a 3D image of that on Google, bing,yahoo, or other resources.

# Why is a pyramid triangular?

Imhotep may have been the first to conceive the notion of stacking mastabas on top of each other - creating an edifice composed of a number of "steps" that decreased in size towards its apex. The result was the Step Pyramid of Djozer - which was designed to serve as a gigantic stairway by which th…e soul of the deceased pharaoh could ascend to the heavens. ( Full Answer )

# Why did the Egyptians choose triangle as the shape of their pyramids?

Because they belived that the point would launch the dead person's spirit up to the gods.

# Why was the Egyptian pyramids pyramid shaped?

Firstly, the pyramid shape represents the first land to appear at the beginning of time--the primordial mound, or the "Ben-ben". Secondly, the sloping sides of the pyramid shape enabled the dead pharaoh to symbolically climb up to the heavens and live in peace forever. Thirdly, the shape of a pyrami…ds is thought to be representative of the descending rays of the sun, and most pyramids were faced with polished, highly reflective white limestone, in order to give them a brilliant appearance when viewed from a distance. ( Full Answer )

# What is the shape of the base of an Egyptian pyramid?

An Egyptian Pyramid has 4 triangular sides and 1 SQUARE base..
An Egyptian Pyramid has 4 triangular sides and 1 SQUARE base.

# Why did ancient Egyptians use the pyramid shape?

It was easy to do, and used less stone. Imagine a square, a big one the size of a pyramid. To build a pyramid, the Egyptian workers piled dirt to a ramp and rolled up stones on logs. This process would be more difficult if they used any other shape. Plus, pyramids have 5 faces. Cubes have 6. You …can demonstrate with legos. Try building a big cube. Not easy, huh? Now try a pyramid. You can make a pryamid simply by overlapping blocks. ( Full Answer )

# How did the builders get pyramids in a triangular shape?

They built the foundation up making it smaller every time because of the square base.

# How is a triangular pyramid alike a triangular prism?

A triangular pyramid is similar to a triangular prism because: .
These prisms have triangular bases. .
They have the sharp vertices on each side. .
These prisms also have quadrilateral faces or 4-sided faces!

# What is different from a triangular prism and a triangular pyramid?

The difference beween a Triangular Prism, and a Triangular Pyramid (Tetrahedron) Prism Pyramid Five sides Four sides ---------> 1 less than the Prism Six corners Four corners -------> 2 less than the Prism Nine edges Six edges ----------> 3 less than the Prism So there you go. Thanks f…or reading ( Full Answer )

# How is a triangular pyramid and a rectangular pyramid are different?

A triangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides. .
A rectangular pyramid has 2 triangular sides and 3 rectangular sides.

# What are some things shaped like triangular pyramid?

The Louvre Museum, in London has a glass triangular pyramid in the center. Toblerone chocolate bar boxes are triangular pyramids as well. A more obscure triangular pyramid, found at home, is the corner of a zip-lock bag when it is filled with liquid! The game pieces of trivial pursuit are a…s well. Sometimes wedges of cheese are in this shape, or some teabags. And a triangular pyramid can be made by cutting any 4-dimensional rectangle in half, in a diagonal line. For example, this can be done with a stick of butter. Hope that helps! ( Full Answer )

# Why did the egyptians build the pyramid the shape they did?

Scholars have put forward many theories why the tombs of the early pharaohs were built in the pyramid shape. Here are three different ideas: .
The pyramid represented the first land to appear at the beginning of time a primordial hill the ancient Egyptians called Ben-Ben .
The pyramid had sloping …sides so that the dead pharaoh could symbolically climb to the sky and live forever .
The pyramid shape represented the rays of the sun ( Full Answer )

# How do you find the edges of a triangular pyramid?

You count them. Let's look at a square, it has 4 edges. Just count the sides of the shape. Vertice = corners (point) Faces = the flat surface areas Edges = sides of the shape that makes up the shape like the outline of a shape.

# What shape is a triangular based pyramid?

It is a tetrahedron, which is defined as a four- sided figure with all triangular sides.

# How are triangular pyramid and a square pyramid alike?

they are both types of pyramids They're both triangular pyramids, and all of them have a base, multiple faces, and at one end the faces come to a point. .
* * * *.
They are NOT both triangular pyramids!.

# Volume of a right triangular pyramid?

A squared + b squared = c saqared (a is a leg), (b is a a leg), (c is a leg)

# Find the volume of a triangular pyramid?

A pyramid has a base and triangular sides which rise to meet at the same point. The base may be any polygon such as a square, rectangle, triangle, etc. The general formula for the volume of a pyramid is: Area of the base * Height * 1/3 The volume of a pyramid with a rectangular base is equal to: … .
Length_of_base * Width_of_base * Height * 1/3 . ( Full Answer )

# Does a triangular pyramid have 4 triangular faces?

No, it has five plus the bottom :D * * * * * The previous answer is incorrect: a pyramid with 5 faces plus the bottom would be a pentagon based pyramid! A triangular based pyramid, or tetrahedron, DOES have 4 triangular faces.

# Why is food pyramid triangular in shape?

As we all know, triangles are thinner up the top and wider down the bottom. The foods we need to eat the most are at the bottom because there are more of them and that's where there is more space. The food we should eat least is up the top because there are less of these and the top is where there i…s less space. Don't forget that the foods we should eat can also be represented in a pie diagram as well. Hope this helps! ( Full Answer )

# How do a triangular prism and a triangular pyramid get their name?

A triangular prism is so called because the shape of the ends is a triangle. A triangular pyramid is so called because the shape of the base is a triangle.

# Why did Egyptians do pyramids?

Pyramids are tombs , so the Egyptians would make them to bury there pharaohs in once they died....

# What is the base of the shape triangular pyramid?

a square * * * * * That would be a square pyramid! A triangular pyramid would have ... wait for it ... a TRIANGULAR base! Worth waiting for, wasn't it?

# What is the number of edges of the triangular pyramid?

The number of edges of the triangular pyramid is eight but the number of faces is five. * * * * * Even though put in italics, the answer is wrong. It would have been correct for a square or rectangle based pyramid but NOT a triangular pyramid. The latter has 6 edges (and 4 triangular face…s). ( Full Answer )

# How is a triangular pyramid and a rectangular pyramid different?

A triangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides. A rectangular pyramid has 4 triangular sides and 1 rectangular side.

# How is a triangular and a rectangular pyramid different?

The difference in a triangular and rectangular pyramid only has to do with the base of the pyramid, which in turn decide how many sides the pyramid will have. A triangular pyramid has a base shaped like a triangle, which ends up having a total of 4 sides (including the base itself). A rectangu…lar pyramid has a rectangular base, which ends up having a total of 5 sides (including the base itself). ( Full Answer )

# How is a triangular prismdiffrent from a triangular pyramid?

a triangular pyramid is a triangular prism but it doesn't work vise-versa. The prism needs a minimum of 1 triangle face but it can have more.A pyramid can only have one triangular face.

# What shape are all the faces of a triangular pyramid?

triangles because TRIangular prism pyramid means that TRIangles are the bases, which also mean the faces.

# Can a triangular pyramid be called a rectangle pyramid?

No. A triangular pyramid describes a triangle whose base is a triangle (not just the sides which define it as a pyramid), whereas a rectangular pyramid is one whose base is a rectangle. A triangle and a rectangle are not the same (a triangle is not a rectangle, and a rectangle is not a triangle), so… it would be incorrect to refer to a triangle-based pyramid as a rectangle pyramid. ( Full Answer )

# Why pyramids triangular?

pyramids are triangular because of some religious reasons which include stairway to heaven,protection of spirits and all... .According to geometry triangular shapes are more durable and can stand longer,more easy to build...

# Why did the Egyptians build tombs in the shapes of pyramids?

im not positive but i think one pharaoh wanted a grander tomb . Also, if this helps, i know that before the pyramids egyptians used mastabas, a rectangular tomb to bury the pharaohs. The pharaoh had egyptians hand cut all the bricks out of the ground for the pyramids, and they were big. I thin…k it took three years to build the first pyramid. hope it helps ( Full Answer )

# How are rectangular pyramid and triangular pyramid alike?

they both have a point at the top and is both three demensional shapes with polygons on the sides

# What is in an Egyptian pyramid?

An Egyptian pyramid is a tomb , in which they would bury there dead pharaohs in...

# Why did the ancient Egyptians build the pyramids in a pyramid shape?

the ancient Egyptians built their pyramids a pyramid shape so that it could look like the suns rays

# How are a triangular pyramid and a square pyramid different?

A triangular pyramid has a triangular base and three triangular faces meeting at its apex. A square pyramid has a square base and four triangular faces meeting at its apex.

# What shape has more sides pyramid or triangular prism?

You don't get any sides on 3D shapes. However, here are the features of both shapes: Square based pyramid: 5 faces, 5 vertices, 8 edges Triangular prism: 5 faces, 6 vertices, 9 edges. Then again, it depends on what type of base the pyramid in question has.

# How many shapes of faces does a square pyramid and a triangular prism have?

Square Pyramid has a square base and 4 triangular sides. Triangular Pyramid has a triangle base and 3 triangular sides.

# Why domes are of semicircular shapes instead of triangular or pyramid shaped?

Stress... With a dome, the stresses in the materials caused by the weight of the dome are evenly spread through the whole structure. With a pyramid, the stresses would be 'concentrated' at the corner joints.

# How many geometric shapes are in the Egyptian Pyramids?

Properties of the Pyramids include square bases, triangular bases, equilateral triangles, isosceles triangles, interior right angle triangles and much much more.

# Why did Egyptian make pyramids into the shape of a pyramid?

With the engineering they had available, that was the shape that let them build the biggest and tallest stuff.

# Which 2D shapes will be required to make the net of a triangular pyramid?

It will look like a 2D equilateral triangle if it is a triangular based pyramid which is called a tetrahedron.