Mathalicious: Canalysis

What’s the ideal size of a soda can?

Soda companies spend billions of dollars each year to manufacture 12-ounce cans. If the companies changed the cans’ dimensions, though, they would save lots of money.

In this lesson, students create rational functions to explore the relationship between volume, surface area, and cost to determine the optimal size of a soda can.


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Math Topics
Algebra & Pre-Algebra, Geometry
High School
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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