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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Algebra & Pre-Algebra, Geometry
High School

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