Meatballs
by Dan Meyer
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Act One
 1.
How many meatballs will it take to overflow?
 2.
What is a number of meatballs you know is too high?
 3.
What is a number of meatballs you know is too low?
Act Two
 4.
What information would be useful to know here?
 ImageThe height remaining in the pot
 ImageThe diameter of some sample meatballs
 ImageThe diameter of the pot
 ImageThe number of meatballs
 Teacher noteThis is where you ought to teach them how to find the volume of cylinders and spheres, if they don't already know.
Act Three
 VideoThe answer
 Teacher materialSample work
Sequel
 5.
The chef adds 50 meatballs to a different pot and it overflows. Determine possible dimensions for that pot and its sauce level.
 6.
The math worked out to 33 meatballs but the answer was 36. What might account for the difference?
 7.
The chef wants to combine all 36 meatballs into one meatball. How big will that meatball be? Will it still overflow?
 Teacher noteThe difference might be on account of the "lip" of the cylindrical pot. The pot has more volume than we calculated because it isn't a true cylinder.
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My teenaged daughter's first question was, why are the meatballs in a bag?







Will the sauce overflow once the meetball have been put in the saucepan?




This is cute:) will there be a spill? Importantly, will I get to SEE a spill?










How many meatballs will it take before the pot overflows? (and C'mon Dan, where are the yummy homemade meatballs???)
























Will the spaghetti sauce overflow the pan when the meatballs are added?











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