Learning About Surface Area and Volume

By Joyce Palmer Allen

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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The purpose of this lesson is to help students extend their knowledge of area, perimeter, and volume to include surface area.  The understanding of these concepts begin in the elementary grades and helps students understand events such as why a hot potato cools down quicker when it is spread out in smaller pieces and why a cell is triggered to divide.  This understanding is even more important when students begin to understand  the micro and nano scales in middle and high school.


Developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology NNIN RET Program.

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This lesson was developed with support of the national Science Foundation, NNIN and the NNIN RET Program.

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  • Joyce Palmer Allen (2017), "Learning About Surface Area and Volume," http://nanohub.org/resources/25634.

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Nancy Healy

NNCI Education and Outreach, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA