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Three Dimensional Box Applet: Working With Volume

This interactive Java applet supports students investigating the folded box problem (maximizing the volume of a rectangular prism). Learners drag corner cutouts, and watch the animated box fold up. The dimensions and the volume and surface area are reported. Ten different grid sheets can be used.
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Contributed by: Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, University of Illinois - Publisher, Kristin Carvell - Author
Math TopicAlgebraic Thinking, Geometry, Measurement, Number Sense, Decimals, Basic Operations, Number Concepts, Mathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Interactive Media, Video

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceLearner
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorOffice for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education, University of Illinois - Publisher, Kristin Carvell - Author
    • Publication Date2001-08-03
    • RightsCopyright 1994-2012 MSTE
      http://mste.illinois.edu/m2t2/aboutm2t2.html
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
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  • User Comments
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      Once you've folded one ...
      By Uncle Bob on 08/30/2012 - 14:16
    • After some experimentation with grid paper folding, students might want to know if there is an exact corner cutting that maximizes the volume. This Java applet should facilitate the data gathering needed to reach that conclusion. I once had a 5th grade student observe the asymmetry in coming to the max., but we were looking at ordered trials calculated in a spreadsheet – another fine tool for analyzing this problem.