PUMAS (poo' • mas) -- is a collection of brief examples showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including every day life.
The examples are written primarily by scientists, engineers, and other content experts having practical experience with the material. They are aimed mainly at classroom teachers, and are available to all interested parties via the PUMAS web site.
Our goal is to capture, for the benefit of pre-college education, the flavor of the vast experience that working scientists have with interesting and practical uses of math and science.
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Isoperimetric Geometry by Jan Bogaert
The isoperimetric theorem states that: “Among all shapes with an equal area, the circle will be characterized by the smallest perimeter” which is equivalent to “Among all shapes with equal perimeter, the circle will be characterized by the largest area.” The theorem’s name derives from three Greek words: ‘isos’ meaning ‘same’, ‘peri’ meaning ‘around’ and ‘metron’ meaning ‘measure’. A perimeter (= ‘peri’ + ‘metron’) is the arc length along the boundary of a closed two-dimensional region (= a planar shape). So, the theorem deals with shapes that have equal perimeters.
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