Design Team Developed: Plastic Water Bottle Design

By James Daniel Lehman

Purdue University

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This lesson plan, intended for grade 6, focuses on using mathematics to design the shape of a plastic water bottle to optimize the surface area to volume ratio and so reduce the amount of plastic used to make the bottles.

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  1. water bottle
  2. mathematics
  3. lesson plan
  4. grade 6