Using
the scroll bars, please centre the Surface Area and Volume Explorer in
the window to your right.
The objective
of this activity is explore volume. You will explore what happens to the
volume of an object when one dimension is changed, you will estimate,
compare and calculate volume of objects. To practice converting units
from volume to mass or to capacity, please go to the section on Online
Activities for Capacity/Mass/Time.
Materials:
You will need to print the following worksheet to keep at the computer
with you as you work through the activities.
Procedure:
 Print
off the worksheet. Follow these directions.
 Question
One: You will need to know that the volume of an object is
LxWxD. Please check your work using the Explorer.
 Question
Two: You will need to know that the volume of a triangular
prism is LxWxD/2. Please check your work using the Explorer.
 Question
Three: Use the Explorer to help you manipulate the dimensions.
Make sure you record your work on the worksheet.
 Question
Four: Work through this chart. If you get have trouble finding
patterns we offer the following hints:
 When
changing one dimension, what is the product of the remaining two
dimension.
 Calculate
differences between numbers. Can you discover a pattern?
 Complete
the worksheet and hand it in to your instructor.


The Surface Area and Volume explorer was created by The
Shodor Foundation. 