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CLIP 9022

Maths for the perfect Christmas wrapping

Maths for the perfect Christmas wrapping
Key Info
  • Maths for the perfect Christmas wrapping
  • Duration: 04:26
  • How does calculating surface area help to wrap presents? Presenter Carol Vorderman reckons we use enough Christmas wrapping paper to wrap up Guernsey, but how good are we at wrapping those presents? We can mentally visualise the surface area of a box and so make a good guess at how much paper we will need, but mathematician Sara Santos has devised a formula allowing perfect wrapping every time without wasting paper. First broadcast in The One Show: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: parcel, box, 2D shape, 3D shape, surface area, measurement, formula, calculation, volume
Ideas for use in class
  • Try the formula used here. Use to support learning about surface area and volume.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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