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1A60.u1 - Scaling Blocks

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​1A60.u1 - Scaling Blocks

Title1A60.u1 - Scaling Blocks

Demonstrate that "multiples" of blocks create different scaling effects for surface area, volume, and mass.

Assembly Instructions

​Pull out the single, the 2x2, and the 3x3 set of 2"x4" blocks.

Setup Time2
Operation Time2
Preview Time2
Operation Instructions

Explain how surface area and volume do not scale the same way. 

In the example we provide here we show that for each cube of length a, the volume of the object becomes V = a^3 while the surface area of that same object becomes S = 6*a^2.

For example, when the length a is doubled, the surface area will increase 2^2 = 4 times, while the volume will increase 2^3 = 8 times.

Demo on DimeYes
PIRA 200No
Export Instructions (if different)

​For a single-celled organism or a cell of a multi-celled organism, the surface is a critical interface between the organism/cell and its environment. This is where diffusion takes place.  Efficiency of a cell is restricted by the relationship between its surface area and the volume occupied by this cell. 

Category1 Mechanics
Subcategory1A - Measurement
Keywordsscaling, scale blocks, units
Construction Information
The 2"x4"s were cut all to the same length, then screwed together to form the larger objects.
scaling blocks - 1 piece
scaling blocks - 27 piece
scaling blocks - 8 piece