Education Technology

Cylindrical Soda Can

Published on 12/10/2004

Activity Overview

Students use calculus to find the ideal dimensions of a soda can. They set up the problem and express the function in terms of one variable. They then use the CAS of their TI-89 and calculus to determine the dimensions of the can with the least cost.

Before the Activity

Students should have access to TI-89/TI-89 Titanium and TI-92 Plus/Voyage.

During the Activity

The document attached is the activity guide. Provide each student with printed copy of this document.

After the Activity

Review student results and, as a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging. Re-teach concepts as necessary.