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        Real-Life Math | Civil Engineer

        Civil engineer Melissa Sikes explains how she uses math in her work on water and wastewater projects in this video from KAET. In the accompanying classroom activity, students solve a problem that Ms. Sikes poses in the video: finding the diameter of a cylindrical reservoir of a given volume and height. They then construct a cylindrical object to meet volume specifications. To get the most from this lesson, students should be familiar with the formula for finding the volume of a cylinder.

        This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School collection.

        Special thanks to Melanie Sikes from Dibble Engineering in Phoenix, AZ.

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