Volume and Surface Area - Grade 7
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solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume and surface areas of three-
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Common Core For Grade 7
New York State Common Core Math Grade 7, Module 3, Lesson 25
Lesson 25 Student Outcomes
• Students solve real-world and mathematical problems involving volume and surface areas of three-
dimensional objects composed of cubes and right prisms.
Lesson 25 Classwork
What is the surface area and volume of the right rectangular prism?
Example 1: Volume of a Fish Tank
Jay has a small fish tank. It is the same shape and size as the right rectangular prism shown in the Opening Exercise.
a. The box it came in says that it is a gallon tank. Is this claim true? Explain your reasoning. Recall that
1 gal = 231 in3
b. The pet store recommends filling the tank to within 1.5 inches of the top. How many gallons of water will
the tank hold if it is filled to the recommended level?
c. Jay wants to cover the back, left, and right sides of the tank with a background picture. How many square
inches will be covered by the picture?
d. Water in the tank evaporates each day, causing the water level to drop. How many gallons of water have
evaporated by the time the water in the tank is four inches deep? Assume the tank was filled to within 1.5
inches of the top to start.
Exercise 1: Fish Tank Designs
Two fish tanks are shown below, one in the shape of a right rectangular prism (R) and one in the shape of a right
trapezoidal prism (T).
a. Which tank holds the most water? Let Vol(R) represent the volume of the right rectangular prism and Vol(T)
represent the volume of the right trapezoidal prism. Use your answer to fill in the blanks with Vol(R) and Vol(T).
b. Which tank has the most surface area? Let SA(R) represent the surface area of the right rectangular prism and
SA(T) represent the surface area of the right trapezoidal prism. Use your answer to fill in the blanks with
SA(R) and SA(T).
c. Water evaporates from each aquarium. After the water level has dropped 1/2 inch in each aquarium, how many cubic
inches of water are required to fill up each aquarium? Show work to support your answers.
Exercise 2: Design Your Own Fish Tank
Design at least three fish tanks that will hold approximately 10 gallons of water. All of the tanks should be shaped like
right prisms. Make at least one tank have a base that is not a rectangle. For each tank, make a sketch, and calculate the
volume in gallons to the nearest hundredth.
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