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
Making Months by Evan M. Manning
It is easy to take our calendar, with its system of weeks and months, for granted. But this system is really just a societal choice -- it has been debated and modified in the past. It will also have to be re-examined when humans colonize other planets. ‘Making Months’ illustrates a use of factoring, in a decision-making process.
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