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We've all seen pictures of the Earth and its atmosphere as a series of concentric circles, showing the troposphere, stratosphere, ionosphere, etc., often looking like a bullseye target with the solid Earth in the middle. But if we were to draw that... (View More) picture to scale, what would it really look like? Students create a scale drawing of the atmosphere, to see how thin the layer we breathe really is. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

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) PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

Using the reflection seen in the bowl of a spoon as an example, this resource describes how an everyday childhood observation can lead to understanding how curved mirrors are used in telescopes and satellite dishes. This resource is from PUMAS -... (View More) Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This lithograph shows an image of Mars on the front, with informational text on the back about how the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) has been used to study Mars weather. HST took this image on March 30, 1997, just as it was making a close pass to... (View More) Earth some 60 million miles (100 million km) away. It shows Mars during the transition between spring and summer in the northern hemisphere (summer solstice). The north polar carbon dioxide (dry ice) frost cap is rapidly evaporating from solid to gas, revealing a much smaller permanent water ice cap. Bright water ice clouds are visible across the center and along the bottom of the image. (View Less)

In this demonstration, a soda bottle, paper and straws are used to show learners that air has mass and takes up space. The activity is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and... (View More) engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This math example shows how to calculate the distance one can see from different heights using trigonometry. This resource is from PUMAS - Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers... (View More) showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)

This resource uses an everyday example of walking a dog as a context where students can observe changes in shadows over the course of a day, and deduce that light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion. The activity is from PUMAS -... (View More) Practical Uses of Math and Science - a collection of brief examples created by scientists and engineers showing how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes have real world applications. (View Less)