Mathalicious: Cheese That Goes Crunch

Which is better: crunchy or puffy Cheetos?

Cheetos are delicious, but also divisive. While some love the airy texture of the puffs, most prefer the rich flavor and sharp bite of the crunchy variety. But for a snack named “Cheetos,” the essential question seems to be: which one tastes cheesier?

In this lesson, students will use surface area and volume to come up with a way to quantify the cheesiness of a snack. Their model will tell them why one type of Cheeto tastes cheesier, and will help them design even cheesier snacks on their own!


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Math Topics
Geometry, Measurement & Time
Middle School, High School
8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade

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