ERIC Number: EJ1056101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 17
''Math in a Can'': Teaching Mathematics and Engineering Design
Narode, Ronald B.
Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research, v1 n2 Article 3 p14-18 2011
Using an apparently simple problem, ''Design a cylindrical can that will hold a liter of milk,'' this paper demonstrates how engineering design may facilitate the teaching of the following ideas to secondary students: linear and non-linear relationships; basic geometry of circles, rectangles, and cylinders; unit measures of area and volume; solving systems of equations with at least two variables;minimization of area to control materials costs and to prevent heat exchange; packing geometry to minimize space for transportation and storage and for controlling for heat exchange; golden ratio as a design aesthetic; ergonomic factors in design including considerations of comfort of handling and safety; and strength of design for stacking and handling as well as for the prevention of accidental tipping. This interdisciplinary curriculum uses engineering design challenges to engage students with meaningful and fun group activities and discussions that also teach a multitude of diverse and powerful mathematical concepts.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Engineering Education, Interdisciplinary Approach, Problem Solving, Design, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Mathematics, Mathematical Concepts, Equations (Mathematics), Teaching Methods, Geometry, Algebra, Student Projects, Group Discussion, Course Content
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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