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Using regular soda cans and their cardboard containers, students will calculate volume and surface area.
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Terrie Teegarden comments:
This lab can be completed in class if an entire class period is used as students have trouble using the measuring devises.
It is recommended that the students take several measurements to ensure accuracy.
When calculating the surface area of the cans, they can ignore the indentations on the bottom and top, and assume that they are flush with the side. Also when finding the area of the cardboard box, the overlap of the flaps is included, however they are excluded when finding the volume.
Follow Up/ Discussion Questions:
* Would these new 'cans' hold the same amount of soda as the original cans?
* What dimensions would the 'cans' have if you wanted to ensure that they held the same amount of soda? How would this change the dimensions of the container?