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
The Mathematical Implications of Lying by Glenn Simonelli
This article explores how statistics can be interpreted in different ways to yield different conclusions. It describes a pair of class activities. In the first, the results are interpreted to “show” that taking a group rather than an individual perspective is ultimately beneficial to the individual. In the second, a variation is added “showing” that telling the truth is better that lying.
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