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Learning objects Squirt: two containers

TLF ID L1993

Examine the relationships between capacities of various containers. Look at two containers that may have different diameters, heights and shapes. Fill a container and squirt liquids between the containers to establish the proportional relationship. Express relationships using mathematical notation such as a=6xb. This learning object is a combination of two objects in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students use proportions to represent quantitative relationships.
  • Students use the transitive property of equality to find the relationship between two variables.
  • Students express proportional relationships using mathematical notation.
Educational value
  • Encourages the use of the transitive property to establish relative proportions.
  • Students use symbols to express proportional relationships.
  • Randomised generation of containers with a range of volumes and relationships supports repeated use.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Number and algebra
    • Mathematics/Volume
    • Mathematics/Computation
    • Mathematics/Direct comparison
    • Mathematics/Ratio and proportion
    • Mathematics/Size and shape
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Estimation;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Wagner
    • Organisation: Godwin + Wagner
    • Address: Box Hill South VIC Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Technical implementer
    • Educational validator
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
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    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: x - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.