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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

Particle Man and the Photon by Lorraine Remer and Richard Kleidman
When a photon ( a very small increment of energy) encounters a substance one of three things may happen. (1) The photon may be transmitted -- it passes through without alteration. (2) The photon may be absorbed -- the photon never leaves the particle. (3) The photon may be scattered -- it’s path may be altered.
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There are currently 84 examples in the PUMAS Collection.
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