published by
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

This simple Java applet for grades 5-8 lets users explore how volume is calculated in a box-shaped object. The user fills the box, layer upon layer, with small cubes to see why volume is a cubic function in a rectangular prism. Dimensions of the object can be easily changed by adjusting the width, depth, or height.

See Related Items for a more complex simulation that explores volume in both rectangular prisms and triangular prisms.

This resource is part of a larger collection of lessons, labs, and activities developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

Please note that this resource requires
Java Applet Plug-in.

<a href="http://www.compadre.org/precollege/items/detail.cfm?ID=10640">National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Illuminations: Cubes. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, July 15, 2008.</a>

Illuminations: Cubes. (2008, July 15). Retrieved March 4, 2015, from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics: http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=6

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Illuminations: Cubes. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, July 15, 2008. http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=6 (accessed 4 March 2015).

Illuminations: Cubes. Reston: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, 2003. 15 July 2008. 4 Mar. 2015 <http://illuminations.nctm.org/ActivityDetail.aspx?ID=6>.

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Publisher = {National Council of Teachers of Mathematics},
Volume = {2015},
Number = {4 March 2015},
Month = {July 15, 2008},
Year = {2003}
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This is a somewhat more complex simulation that allows students to compare volume calculations for rectangular prisms and triangular prisms. Includes lesson and tips for teachers.