Box Folding: Gathering Data

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Before you begin with this page, be sure you have written some notes on your conversations previously.

Here are some ideas that typically come up:
• Hypothesis: All the boxes have the same volume because even as the base gets smaller, the sides get higher
• Hypothesis: The volumes are getting larger, but reach a maximum and then start getting smaller.
• Hypothesis: They all have different volumes and they're getting smaller with the long, flat tray having the biggest.
• Test: We can just measure the volumes by filling them up with something like rice or puffed rice and see if there are differences.
• Test: We can just calculate the base times width times height and see how the volumes compare.

 One way to compare the volumes is to take some space filling material like rice or puffed rice and pour it from one box to the next. What do you conclude about the volumes from this experiment?

Focusing on this last point, let's make a table.
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the next page to and print the table.