Our company is making small blocks of metal for a particular customer. The customer's
primary concern is that the blocks each have a volume that falls within a certain range.
Your group has been assigned the task of devising a quick method of measuring the volume
of random blocks sampled from production lots. The test must be rapid, accurate, and
preferably low cost.
Your group has had a few meetings to discuss alternatives for a procedure for measuring
the volume of random blocks. You decided not to go with methods involving the weight and
density because the blocks may have air pockets within them. (The customer doesn't care
about this; the outer surfaces of the blocks are not porous, and it is only the volume of
the blocks that is critical). After some discussion, you have come up with an experimental
plan to test three different methods. Follow the link at the left to refresh your memory
about the experimental plan you have devised.