Taking Calculus to New Heights

Ken Gasser, Darl Rassi


Students in a high school calculus class attempt to design the ideal tissue-paper hot-air balloon. This outline provides information on project design, construction of balloons, mathematical analysis of surface area and volume of each balloon, flying the balloons, and what can be learned regarding solids of revolution.


calculus; project; construction; solid of revolution; volume; surface area; hot-air balloon; 21st century skills

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