reSolve: Mathematical modelling – Packaging designer

In this unit, students assume the role of consultants to a packaging company that produces packs for a range of different cylindrical objects such as candles, drinks bottles and perfumes. Comparison is made between the design cycle and the modelling cycle, and students reflect upon how design work might be informed by an understanding of mathematical modelling processes. In addition, students are given some practice scenarios so they can develop their skills in interpreting and critiquing mathematical models.

Additional details

Year level(s) Year 8, Year 9
Audience Teacher
Purpose Teaching resource
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Mathematics investigation
Keywords nets, shapes, modelling

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Numeracy
Strand and focus Space, Apply understanding
Topics Shapes and objects
AC: Mathematics (V9.0) content descriptions
Solve problems involving the area and perimeter of irregular and composite shapes using appropriate units

Solve problems involving the volume and surface area of right prisms and cylinders using appropriate units


Use Pythagoras' theorem to solve problems involving the side lengths of right-angled triangles

Numeracy progression Understanding units of measurement (P9, P10)
Understanding geometric properties (P7)
Multiplicative strategies (P9)

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ReSolve: Maths by Inquiry


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