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**Difference between 2D and 3D Shapes**

Two-dimensional shapes have 2 dimensions, such as length and width, while three-dimensional shapes have an additional dimension, such as height.
Any shape that only has a surface area is a 2-D shape while shapes with volume are 3-D shapes.

**What is a Polygon?**

A polygon is a 2-dimensional shape made of straight lines and the shape is "closed" (all the lines connect up). Triangles,
rectangles, pentagon, hexagon etc. are all polygons.

**Circle**

The circle is a round shape with only one side and no corners.

All points on the circle are the same distance from the center.

**Square**

It has 4 right angles (90°) and 4 equal sides.

It is a special type of rectangle.

**Rectangle**

It has 4 sides and 4 corners.

All the corners are right angles (90°).

Opposite sides are equal and parallel.

**Triangle**

It has 3 sides and 3 angles.

The 3 angles always add to 180°.

**Pentagon**

A pentagon is a 5-sided polygon (a flat shape with straight sides).

It has 5 sides and 5 corners.

**Hexagon**

A hexagon is a 6-sided polygon.

It has 6 sides and 6 corners.

**Heptagon**

A heptagon is a 7-sided polygon.

**Octagon**

An octagon is an 8-sided polygon.

**Nonagon**

A nonagon is a 9-sided polygon.

**Decagon**

A decagon is a 10-sided polygon.

**What is a Prism?**

A Prism is a three-dimensional shape, which consists of two identical polygons. Each one is called a base. These polygons
do not lie in the same axis.

For each side of the polygon, there will be a parallelogram (4-sided shape with opposite sides parallel).
All sides are flat- not curved.

examples: cube, rectangular prism, triangular prism

**Cube**

It has 6 faces.

Each face has 4 edges (and is a square).

All sides are equal.

It has 12 edges.

It has 8 vertices (corner points).

**Rectangular Prism (Cuboid) **

A cuboid is a box-shaped object.

It has six flat faces and all angles are right angles.

All of its faces are rectangles.

**Triangular Prism**

A triangular prism is a prism composed of two triangular, parallel bases and three rectangular sides.

**Cone **

It has a flat base.

It has one curved side.

**Square Pyramid **

It has 5 Faces.

The 4 side faces are triangles.

The base is a square.

It has 5 vertices (corner points).

It has 8 edges.

**Triangular Pyramid **

It has three faces that are triangles and a base that is again a triangle.

**Sphere**

It is perfectly symmetrical.

All points on the surface are the
same distance from the center.

It has no edges or
vertices (corners).

**Cylinder**

It has a flat base and a
flat top.

The base is the same as
the top, and also in-between.

It has one curved side.

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A quadrilateral is a four-sided polygon with four angles. Some quadrilaterals have
special names because of their sides. Some have special names because of their
angles.

Some types are also included in the definition of other types. For example a square,
rhombus and rectangle are also parallelograms.

**Square**

4 right angles and 4 equal sides.

It is also a rectangle and a parallelogram.

**Rectangle**

4 right angles and opposite sides equal.

It is also a parallelogram.

**Parallelogram**

2 pairs of parallel sides and opposite sides equal.

**Rhombus**

2 pairs of parallel sides, all sides equal.

It is also a parallelogram.

**Trapezoid**

Only 2 sides are parallel.

It is a type of quadrilateral that is not a parallelogram.

**Kite**

2 pairs of adjacent sides are equal.

A triangle has three sides and three angles and is made of straight lines. The three angles always add to 180°. A triangle may be classified by how many of its sides are of equal length. Or, it may be classified by what kind of angles it has.

**Types of Triangles by Length**

**Equilateral Triangle**

Three equal sides.

Three equal angles, always 60°.

**Isosceles Triangle**

Two equal sides.

Two equal angles.

**Scalene Triangle**

No equal sides.

No equal angles.

**Types of Triangles by Angle**

**Acute Triangle**

All angles are less than 90°.

**Right Triangle**

Has a right angle (90°).

**Obtuse Triangle**

Has an angle more than 90°.

**Perimeter of a Triangle**

The perimeter is the distance around the edge of the triangle. Just add up the three sides: **p = a + b + c**

**Area of a Triangle**

The most common way to find the area of a triangle is to multiply the base and height and to divide the result by two. **A = 1/2 bh**

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