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Practical Uses of Math and Science

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.

 

Featured PUMAS Example

  • How Many Days Are in a Year?

    Background: The true length of a year on Earth is 365.2422 days, or about 365.25 days. We keep our calendar in sync with the seasons by having most years 365 days long but making just under 1/4 of all years 366-day "leap" years. Exercise: Design a reasonable calendar for an imaginary planet. Your calendar will consist of a pattern of 366-day "leap" years and 365-day regular years that approximates your planet's average number of days per year.

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The PUMAS examples are aimed primarily at helping pre-college teachers enrich their

presentation of topics in math and science.

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