Cambell's Soup Activity
Author: Jane Turchyn, Ball State - MATHS 331 - Spring 2010
CCSS: HS.G-MG.3 Design Problems


Learning Objective: Students will explore the concepts of scaling and volume using a real-life, familiar object.

Pedagogical justification for use of SketchUp: Volume is used on three-dimensional figures, so it is important to use three-dimensional figures to teach this concept. Bringing in objects can be a hassle, and that is why SketchUp can be a useful tool to create 3D models of those objects. If students need further assistance, let them use real objects to give them a better concrete understanding.
Indiana State Standard: G.7.6/G.7.7

Task:
Campbell's Soup wants to make a giant can. Their cans normally have a height of four inches and a radius of 1 and 5/16 inches. They want this giant can to hold one thousand times more soup than their regular cans.

a. What is the amount of soup the normal can is able to hold?
b. What is the scaling factor used to make the giant can one thousand times bigger than the normal can?
c. How much soup can the giant can hold? Answer this in feet cubed.
d. What is the height and radius of the giant can?

Hint: You can create a cylinder instead of downloading the soup can model from the 3Dwarehouse.
Hint: The scale tool would be helpful in this problem.

Campbell's Soup Can.jpg

Model Credit
Campbell's Cream of Chicken...
by Frapedaki1
A simple can of soup. Enjoy!