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ERIC Number: EJ1043986
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Mathematical Explorations: Maximizing Volume with Solids and Nets
Miles, Victoria L.
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v20 n4 p247-251 Nov 2014
One of the most common household polyhedra is a cereal box. For over 100 years, American companies like Kellogg's™ have packaged cereal in containers shaped like rectangular prisms. Why is a rectangular prism the most commonly used solid for holding cereal? Would another design work equally or more efficient? This article describes an open-ended measurement activity in which students explore these and other questions. While the author used this activity for her ninth-grade geometry classes, it could be modified for lower grades.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; Grade 9; High Schools
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Language: English
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