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by Suhail Ahanger


One of the most routine of day-to-day physical units, but one that causes innumerable conceptual misunderstandings, "volume" is visualised here hands-on by making cubes only out of paper.



    • Handle scissor with care.

  1. Draw a vertical line at 14cm from one end of the sheet.
    • Draw a vertical line at 14cm from one end of the sheet.

    • At 28cm from the top of the vertical line draw a perpendicular towards the 14cm.

    • Now fold along the vertical line.

    • Cut the creased vertical line with the help of a ruler.

    • Now fold along the perpendicular line drawn at the bottom initially and cut it off using a ruler.

    • Now you're left with a 14cm x 28cm rectangle.

    • Fold the rectangle laterally and cut across the creased line.

    • This gives you two 14cm x 14cm square sheets.

    • Repeat Step 1 to 3 for two more A4 sheets ( coloured preferably ) . This way you'll have the required six 14cm x14cm square sheets.

    • Fold the square to make two equal halves.

    • Fold the two halves towards the middle to make it look like a cupboard.

    • Fold laterally to divide it into two equal parts.

    • Fold the upper half towards the center to make the first triangle.

    • Fold the lower half towards the center in the opposite direction to make the second triangle.

    • This makes a parallelogram.

    • You will find a small triangle on your left open.

    • Fold it inside

    • Tuck the remaining portion on your right inside the left

    • Repeat the procedures of step 6 for the lower triangle.

    • You'll have a parallelogram with four pockets.

    • Turn around

    • Fold the triangles as flaps with a square in the middle.

    • Now you have two triangular flaps and a square with four pockets.

    • Repeat steps 1 to 5 for the remaining sheets.

    • Take one module and place it as shown.

    • Insert the second module's flap into the first module's pocket as shown.

    • Insert the third module in the opposite pocket.

    • Tuck the 4th module into the second as shown.

    • Turn around.

    • Erect the 4th module to 90 degrees

    • Do all the possible tucking.

    • Turn around such that the cube has it's top uncovered.

    • It should be inserted such that the cube now has it's top covered.

    • Turn around again to have the cube's top uncovered.

    • Insert the 6th module as shown.

    • Tuck every open flap appropriately.

    • Your cube is ready.

    • Folds are not accurate.

    • Improper tucking.

    • Wear and tear of paper.

    • How many more cubes of volume 125ml will be required to make a 1L cube?

    • What is the length, breadth and height of the cube?

    • Can you measure the above without using a ruler?

    • What should be the dimension of square to make one 1L cube?

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Vishal Bhatt

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