Workshop 2 Facilitator’s Guide– page
Background Information for Doing Mathematics, the Main Activityof the Workshop
This is a classic geometric problem that can help students develop
their understandings of basic concepts of two and three-dimensional geometry, and
geometry connects to
The problem statement (Participant Handout 2-16):
You and your teammates represent the Best Solutions Consulting Company. Out of This World Candies has engaged you to solve the problem described in the followingmemo:
Best Solutions Consulting CompanyFrom:
Out of This World Candies
Problem to be solvedOur company,
Out of This World Candies ,
plans to sell our Starburst candies in a newpackage containing 24 individually wrapped Starbursts. Your challenge is to find thedimensions of the least expensive box that can hold exactly 24 Starbursts.
Each wrapped Starburst has a square shape that measures 2 cm on a side and 1 cm high.
In your report we want you to tell us:
The dimensions in centimeters of all the possible boxes we can useto package exactly 24 Starbursts.
The dimensions of the least expensive box for us to produce.
An explanation of your answers to parts 1 and 2.
A suggestion to us about which one, of all the boxes, you think would be our best choice. We want to know
you think aparticular box is the
choice over all the others.