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Postal Restrictions


The U.S. Postal Service will only mail packages that meet certain size requirements. For cylinder-shaped packages (or "rolls"), the minimum length is 4 inches and the maximum length is 36 inches. There is also a restriction that the length plus two diameters can be no more than 42 inches (why do you think they have this restriction?).

What are the dimensions of an acceptable cylinder-shaped package that will have the greatest volume?



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Cube / Rectangular Prism Activity
Activity to get students to think about the linear measurements and the corresponding area and volume measurements of the cube and the rectangular prism.


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