published by
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

This applet-based resource was developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics as an example of how to teach about volume and surface area in the middle grades. Students manipulate the side length and scale factor of one of two rectangles. The applet provides values for volume and surface area of each rectangle, allowing students to quickly see the impact on volume of even a small change. Graphs may also be viewed, showing the cubic nature of volume and the quadratic nature of surface area.

See Related Items for another editor-recommended simulation that explores volume in both rectangular prisms and triangular prisms.

This resource is part of a larger collection of lessons, labs, and activities developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Please note that this resource requires
Java Applet Plug-in.

<a href="http://www.thephysicsfront.org/items/detail.cfm?ID=10648">National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, July 15, 2008.</a>

NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids, (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, 2003), <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097>.

NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. (2008, July 15). Retrieved April 18, 2015, from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, July 15, 2008. http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097 (accessed 18 April 2015).

NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003. 15 July 2008. 18 Apr. 2015 <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097>.

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Title = {NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids},
Publisher = {National Council of Teachers of Mathematics},
Volume = {2015},
Number = {18 April 2015},
Month = {July 15, 2008},
Year = {2003}
}

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To extend the concept, this Java-based activity explores volume of both a rectangular prism and a triangular prism. It allows the student to do computations and check answers.