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Traditional calculus problem made simple. In the high school assessment task, learners determine the minimum surface area for a can of a given volume using algebraic and numerical methods to solve the problem. No calculus required.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Learners may need scaffolding if they have not seen problems like this before
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide pupils with graphing calculators to generate tables
  • There is quite a bit of algebraic manipulation required to determine the answer
Pros

  • Resource includes examples of student work
  • Includes a rubric for easier scoring
Cons

  • Task does not specify a level of precision expected in the answer
Common Core