Faces, Edges and Vertices: 3D Shapes

A 3D shape or an object is made up of a combination of certain parts. In other words, a solid figure consists of polygonal regions. These regions are- faces, edges, and vertices.

Such solid geometric shapes have faces, edges and vertices are known as polyhedrons. Let us discuss these parts individually:

  • Faces: The flat surface of a polyhedron is its face. Solid shapes can have more than one face. The cube shown below has 6 faces viz. ABCD, EFGH, ADHE, DHGC, BFGC, and AEFB.


  • Cubes and cuboids have 6 faces.
  • Cones have a flat face and a curved face.
  • Cylinders have 2 flat faces and a curved face.
  • A sphere has a curved face.


  • Edges: The faces meet each other at edges. Edges are straight lines which serve as the junction of two faces. The cube shown below has 12 edges namely AB, BF, EF, AE, AD, DH, EH, HG, FG, BC, CG, and CD.


  • Cubes and cuboids have 12 edges.
  • Cones have 1 edge.
  • Cylinders have 2 edges.
  • A sphere has no edge.
  • Vertices: The points of intersection of edges denote the vertices. Vertices are represented by points. In the cube shown below A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and H are the 8 vertices of the cube.


  • Cubes and cuboids have 8 vertices.
  • Cones have 1 vertex.
  • Cylinders have no vertex.
  • Spheres have no vertex (the surface is a curve).


Now that, we are familiar with polyhedrons let us discuss their types:

  • Convex Polyhedron: If the surface of a polyhedron (which consists of its faces, edges, and vertices) does not intersect itself and the line segment connecting any two points of the polyhedron lies within its interior part or surface then such a polyhedron is a convex polyhedron.

Convex Polyhedron

  • Concave Polyhedron: A non-convex polyhedron is termed as a concave polyhedron.

Concave Polyhedron

Euler’s Formula :

According to Euler’s formula for any convex polyhedron, the number of Faces (F) and vertices (V) added together is exactly two more than the number of edges (E).

F + V = 2 + E

Faces, Edges and Vertices

A polyhedron is known as a regular polyhedron if all its faces constitute regular polygons and at each vertex the same number of faces intersect.


Fig A is a regular polyhedron as all the faces are regular polygons and B is an irregular polygon.

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Practise This Question

A three dimensional shape can have edges only if it has vertices.