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Learning from Slide Rules

This resource describes the slide rule as an analog computer, and uses the slide rule to demonstrate the concept of isomorphism, which is one of the most pervasive and important concepts in mathematics. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free

Determining the Altitude of Iridium Flares

This series of example calculations applies basic trigonometry to to calculate the altitude of satellites and Iridium satellite flares. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by... (View More)

Coastal Threat: a Story in Unit Conversion

Some simple arithmetic can help put the quantity of fuel in a potential oil spill - in this case 400,000 gallons - in perspective. In this example, students calculate the area that would be covered by oil from the volume measurement. This resource... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

How Now, Pythagoras?

In this example, a carpenter uses the Pythagorean theorem to make sure the corners of his cabinets are square. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Rotational Motion and Rocket Launches

In this problem set, students are led through a series of calculations to determine the best launch site for a TV satellite. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and... (View More)

Keywords: Rotation
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Guess my Shape

In this inquiry investigation, students explore how light hits things of different shape and form. One real world application to this activity is understanding what we actually observe when we see a solar eclipse. Supplies needed for this lesson... (View More)

Time Warp

In this inquiry investigation, students conclude that the motion of the Earth is linked to the changes we observe such as the length of the day. Students learn about the reason behind the Earth's time zones. An optional water clock and sand clock... (View More)

Keywords: Time; Orbit; Time zones

This is a Stickup!

This inquiry activity supports student understanding of the cause of light, heat and shadow, how to measure the passage of time, and how to use rules and other measuring tools. Students make observations using shadows, a meter stick, and a homemade... (View More)

Keywords: Angle; Sphere; Model

Just What is a Logarithm?

In this resource, the author uses graphing and the linear scale to explain what logarithms are then describes examples that show how logarithms are used in the field of engineering. Examples include vibration levels in the Space Shuttle and the... (View More)

Keywords: Logarithm; Log; Graph
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Ice Sheets and Sea Level

In this exercise, learners use basic arithmetic to determine the amount that sea level would rise around the globe with the melting of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. Basic data for this calculation is provided. This resource is from PUMAS -... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student