Modeling with Polynomials—An Introduction (part 1)

Maximizing resources is essential to productivity. Class members complete an activity to show how math can help in the process. Using a piece of construction paper, learners construct a box with the maximum volume. Ultimately, they create a scatter plot and regression curve for the possible volumes. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Make the task a competition: the box with the maximum volume wins
  • Ask each group to share their strategy for finding the maximum volume of their box
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils need construction paper, scissors, and rulers for the activity

  • Includes step-by-step activity instructions
  • Provides a set of problems for independent practice to solidify concepts from the activity

  • None