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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).

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- Measurement/Units
= Units and Dimensional Analysis
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© 2003 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; http://illuminations.nctm.org/TermsOfUse.aspx
Keywords:
geometry, measurement, rectangular prism, volume, volume simulation
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Metadata instance created February 4, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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February 4, 2011 by Caroline Hall
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July 15, 2008

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008 Version)

9. The Mathematical World

9C. Shapes
  • 6-8: 9C/M7. For regularly shaped objects, relationships exist between the linear dimensions, surface area, and volume.
  • 6-8: 9C/M10. Geometric relationships can be described using symbolic equations.
  • 9-12: 9C/H3a. Geometric shapes and relationships can be described in terms of symbols and numbers—and vice versa.

12. Habits of Mind

12B. Computation and Estimation
  • 6-8: 12B/M3. Calculate the circumferences and areas of rectangles, triangles, and circles, and the volumes of rectangular solids.
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(National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, 2003), WWW Document, (http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097).
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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>.
APA Format
NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. (2008, July 15). Retrieved April 16, 2014, from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097
Chicago Format
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 16 April 2014).
MLA Format
NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003. 15 July 2008. 16 Apr. 2014 <http://www.nctm.org/standards/content.aspx?id=25097>.
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@misc{ Title = {NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids}, Publisher = {National Council of Teachers of Mathematics}, Volume = {2014}, Number = {16 April 2014}, Month = {July 15, 2008}, Year = {2003} }
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NCTM: Side Length, Volume, and Surface Area of Similar Solids:

Covers the Same Topic As CSERD Interactivate: Surface Area and Volume

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.

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