Currently the PUMAS collection contains 83 examples.
The PUMAS examples are aimed primarily at helping pre-college teachers enrich their presentation of topics in math and science.
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angle of incidence
Nature of science
Right Hand Rule
solid earth tides
systems of equations
- Automatic Windshield Wipers
(conduction, conductivity, electricity, water, ion, wire, battery, motor)
- Color and Spectrum
(Light, Color, Spectrum, Spectral Analysis, Blackbody)
- Could a World of Swimmers Raise Sea Level?
(Sea level rise, Floating, Swimming, Oceans, Flooding)
- Dream Job
(Geometric progression, Counter-intuitive result, Counting, Exponents, Estimates)
- Geometric Addition + Logarithms = Geometric Multiplication
(Multiplication, Computation, Exponents, Logarithms, Number Line, Geometric Calculation)
- How Many Days Are in a Year?
(Leap year, Year, Calendar, Error analysis, Successive approximations, Fractions)
- Hypothermia in the Little House
(Observation, Description, Reading, Biology, Human body, Cold, Science in literature, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Warm blooded, Frostbite, Heat transfer)
- Ice Sheets and Sea Level Rise
(Ice sheets, Sea level rise)
- Learning from Slide Rules
(Slide rule, Analog computer, Isomorphism, Logarithm)
- Learning to Think Globally
(Thinking globally, Estimating, Significant Figures)
- Logarithms: Taking the Curve Out
(Logarithms, Mean Value, Statistics, Non-linear)
- Making Months
(365, Gregorian calendar, Month, Days, Year, Week, Factor, Prime, Design tradeoff)
- Modulus in Real Life
(Modulus, Remainder, Range, Domain, Clock, Pattern, Repetition, Periodic)
- Now You See It, Now You Don’t
(Aviation, Eyes, Vision, Anatomy, Physiology, Psychology, Optic disc)
- Particle Man and the Photon
(Photon, Light, Transmission, Absorption, Scattering, Particle)
- Sand or Rock? Finding Out from 1,000 km
(Thermal Infrared, Thermal Mass, Thermal Inertia, Sand, Rock, Thermometer, Infrared)
- Scavenger Hunt: Simulating Natural Selection
(Natural Selection, Evolution, Adaptation, Mutation)
- Seeing Interference Fringes
(Laser, Interference pattern, Fringes, Wave nature of light)
- Seeing Interference Fringes with a Telescope
(Interferometer, Interference fringes, Telescope)
- Spoon Mirror
(Observing, Mirror, Spoon, Lighthouse, Spotlight, Searchlight, Telescope)
- Teaching Atomic Structure Using Cooperative Learning
(Cooperative learning, Atomic structure, Atomic number, Protons, Neutrons, Mass number, Isotopes)
- Teaching Radicals in Less than Five Minutes
- The Rubber Band Problem
(Force, Inertia, Friction)
- The Shadow of the Dog
(Shadow, Dog, Sun, Season, Day, Fire Hydrant)
- Two Answers are Better than One
(Estimating, Back-of-the-envelope calculation, Significant figures, Checking your work)
- Who Hits Harder: The Nordic Skier or Aerial Jumper?
(Computer model, Numerical model, Sports physics, Ski jump, Jump, Skiing)