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Surface Area and Volume

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Students will explore and visualize three-dimensional solids to gain a greater understanding of surface area and volume. Students will:

  • create and/or match a solid to its net.
  • determine various ways to calculate surface area and volume.
  • calculate surface area and volume.
  • connect surface area and volume to real-world applications.
  • describe the relationship of measurements.
  • investigate the effects of changes in dimension on surface area and volume.


Essential Questions

  • How can recognizing repetition or regularity assist in solving problems more efficiently?
  • How are spatial relationships, including shape and dimension, used to draw, construct, model, and represent real-world situations or solve problems?
  • How can the application of the attributes of geometric shapes support mathematical reasoning and problem solving?
  • How can geometric properties and theorems be used to describe, model, and analyze situations?


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http://www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/area_surface.html

http://www.learner.org/interactives/geometry/area_volume.html

http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/TheRatioOfSurfaceAreaToVolumeForACubeAndASphere/

 


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