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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

Grandpa’s Social Security by Alan L. Jones
This simple example shows how algebra can be useful in the real world: Should Grandpa start receiving his Social Security Benefits at age 62 or should he wait until age 65?
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There are currently 84 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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