Today students completed the second half of the How Much Will It Hold? lab. By measuring and weighing different vessels and then utilizing the density formula, students were able to predict how much weight a given boat could hold before sinking.
Of course it was tricky. Using such a complex formula is hard enough, not to mention factoring the real-world variable that could change your answer, like wet bolts, non-perfect shapes, and wavy water. Still, most students were very close with their predictions and were able to win at least one piece of candy. For more discussion on how to figure out how much a boat could hold, here are Erica and Cassidy explaining some of their work.