### Rectangular prisms

A **rectangular prism** is a three-dimensional object with rectangles as all of its faces. If all the faces of the prism are squares, then the rectangular prism can also be called a **cube**.

The **net** of a polyhedron is like an unfolded cardboard construction of that polyhedron. One example is the rectangular-prism cereal packet and its net shown here.

A rectangular prism has 6 faces, 8 vertices (or corners) and 12 edges. To build a rectangular prism with construction materials, we would need 6 rectangles that join at the edges to make a closed three-dimensional shape or 12 edge pieces and 8 corner pieces to make a frame of a rectangular prism.

A cube or rectangular prism can also be called a **hexahedron** because it has six faces. *Hexa* means six.