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The Mathematics of Satellite Design - Communications Frame

Being able to develop cost-effective solutions is an important aspect of engineering and one that students investigate in this challenge. This challenge looks at the maximum volume of a satellite communications frame made from a fixed length of tubing. There is some guidance given to students through a series of structured questions, but still plenty of opportunity to explore the ideas presented.

Mathematical topics used in this challenge:

• Perimeter of a cuboid

• Volume of a cuboid

• Using ratio

• Forming equations

• Trial and improvement

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