Maths Topic 20 - 3D shapes: Cuboids, cylinders, square pyramids etc

3D Shapes: cuboids, cylinders, square pyramids, prisms, etc. are commonly tested in 11+ and Selective School exams in the UK.


Example Question 1:

How many more edges does a cuboid have than a triangular prism?

Answer: 3

Explanation: A cuboid has 12 edges and a triangular prism has 9 edges. 12 – 9 = 3

Example Question 2:

Which shape can be folded up to make a tetrahedron?

               (a)                            (b)                               (c)                                   (d)      

Answer: (c)

Explanation: A tetrahedron has 4 triangular faces, as in (c). (There is also another possible net for a tetrahedron.)

Shape (a) is not a net of a 3D shape. Shape (b) is a net of a triangular prism. Shape (d) is a net of a square-based pyramid.

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Nets of 3D shapes