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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)

This simple example shows how algebra can be useful in the real world by exploring the question: Should Grandpa start receiving his Social Security benefits at age 62 or should he wait until age 65? This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of... (View More)

Audience: High school
Materials Cost: Free per student

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)

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

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

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

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

This math problem demonstrates a lawyer's use of some very simple science and math. The case involves a $26 million lawsuit over a construction waste landfill and lead contamination. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science -... (View More)

Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

In this activity, students develop reasonable calendar designs for an imaginary planet using factoring as a problem solving strategy. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by... (View More)

Keywords: Gregorian calendar
Audience: Middle school
Materials Cost: Free per student

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)