# Square Prism: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Joseph Vigil
In this lesson, learn what prisms are and what makes square prisms unique. Included are a few examples of square prisms and the qualities that make up these three dimensional objects.

## Prisms

Prisms make up many everyday objects, but what makes them stand out? A prism is a three dimensional solid object with flat sides and bases that are the same. For example, a tissue box is a prism because it has opposite bases that are the same, and flat sides that are parallelograms. Dice are prisms; the bases are flat faces and in this example, they are square. Joined together, they make the enclosed three-dimensional shape shown here:

A prism has two parallel faces, or the distinct flat surfaces or slides of a solid. These faces are called bases, and they are used to name the type of prism. Looking around a classroom, kitchen or office, prisms with square, rectangular, and triangular faces can be quite easy to spot.

## Square Prisms

Since there are many different shapes that can serve as the base of a prism, there are many types of prisms that can be made. Prisms are named for the shape of their bases, so a square prism is simply a prism that has squares as its bases. Think again about dice; they are enclosed three-dimensional shapes, based on two squares.

In fact, regular dice are cubed, all the faces are square. So cubes are a square prism no matter how they are looked at!

A common real-world example of a cube is the famous Rubik's Cube. When identifying a square prism, all the faces don't have to be squares. Remember, as long as the shapes have two square faces, meaning it's bases are squares, it's a square prism.

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