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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.

- Ralph Kahn
Pumas Editor and Founder

Featured PUMAS Example

What is Wind Chill? by Peter Kiefer
Why is it that we feel colder when the wind is blowing than when the wind is calm? What does it mean when the local weatherman gives the daily high along with the wind chill? How is the wind chill determined?
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There are currently 85 examples in the PUMAS Collection.
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We are always looking for neat examples of Practical Uses of Math And Science.
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