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Posted: Aug 1, 2005 12:37 AM
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From: "Susan Cowles" <>
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Cc: <>, "Maralit, Mary Jo" <>
Subject: math at sea!!
Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 21:31:04 -0700
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Reply-To: numeracy


Another adult education instructor from Oregon is at sea with research
scientists from Oregon State University. They are in the Sea of Cortez (aka
Gulf of California.) The instructor, Eileen Purcell, submits daily journals
to an online website, Ocean Science Station
The journals can be found directly at She
includes a math problem every day. Today's problem is

Math Problem: The lower bunk I sleep in measures 72 inches long, 35 inches
wide, and 30 inches high.
1. What is the area of the mattress?
2. What is volume of the bunk?
3. Convert the area and volume into the metric system.
4. Is this a large space, or just about right?

Please check out the website. Also, send an email to Eileen at If you have students whose first language is
Spanish, have them write to Eileen in Spanish. There are scientists aboard
ship from Mexico, and they are happy to answer any questions in Spanish.
Eileen, the ship's crew, and other scientists will be happy to respond in
English, as well. The cruise goes from July 23 to August 13, 2005.

Cheers, Susan

Susan K. Cowles
Project Director
Science & Numeracy Special Collection
Email: ;
Telephone: 541-753-7730 (Pacific Time Zone)

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