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A polyhedron two faces of which (its bases) are located in parallel planes, while the other faces are triangles or trapeziums, and, moreover, such that one side of each triangle face (that is not a base) and the two bases of each trapezium face (that is not a base) are sides of the bases of the prismoid (cf. Fig.). The volume of a prismoid is

where is the distance between the bases, and are their areas and is the area of the intersection that has equal distance to both bases.

Figure: p074840a


In -space a prismoid is the convex hull of two -polytopes lying in two distinct parallel hyperplanes.


[a1] B. Grünbaum, "Convex polytopes" , Wiley (1967)
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