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
Studies of a Population of Stars: How Bright Are the Stars, Really? by Stephen J. Edberg
Make observations and use available data and simple calculations to correlate observations and data in the characterization of stars. In this activity, the distances to bright stars are calculated. The apparent brightness of these stars is then adjusted for distance to see which stars are intrinsically bright and which only appear bright because of their proximity to Earth.
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