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Remote Sensing Math

This collection of 103 individual sets of math problems derives from images and data generated by NASA remote sensing technology. Whether used as a challenge activity, enrichment activity and/or a formative assessment, the problems allow students to... (View More)

Audience: Middle school, High school
Materials Cost: Free

How Much becomes CO² From a Gallon of Gas?

In this problem set, students calculate precisely how much carbon dioxide is in a gallon of gasoline. A student worksheet provides step-by-step instructions as students calculate the production of carbon dioxide. The investigation is supported the... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per group of students

Launch Speed

This example shows how Newton's laws of motion apply to aircraft carriers and introduces the lift equation: the amount of lift depends on the air density, the wind velocity, and the surface area of the wings. The problems stress the importance of... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Metric Wins!

In this activity, students learn about the advantages of the metric system, by comparing the ease of calculation and conversion between the English and metric systems of measurement. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science -... (View More)

Probability and Traffic Signals

Using the simple example of calculating the probability of reaching a traffic light while green, students are shown how to build a mathematical model using a very commonly-taught formula (sum of first n integers) to solve a rather practical problem.... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

Pilots, Airplanes and Tangents of Three (3) Degrees

This exercise shows a practical application of trigonometry in the aviation environment, where student pilots consider the relationship between altitude and distance to complete a landing. It requires a scientific calculator. This resource is from... (View More)

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

Snowmelt and Floods

The rate that the snow melts is crucial in determining how fast water will reach the streams and rivers and thus, how damaging the flooding may be. This resource provides a step-by-step calculation of the volume of water stored in the snow in the... (View More)

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

How Many Days are in a Year?

In this exercise, students learn about the historical development of the Julian and the Gregorian Calendars and design a reasonable calendar for an imaginary planet, considering the cycle period and making design tradeoffs, This resource is from... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student
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