Sadie Hawkins Dance Math Problems for Atherton

It’s February, which means that the Sadie Hawkins Dance is just around the corner for our Atherton students! Traditionally, the Sadie Hawkins Dance is a dance where girls are encouraged to ask guys to the event (although girls are by no means restricted from asking guys before any other dance). Whether your Atherton middle/high school has the Sadie Hawkins Dance, we hope that you’ll enjoy these math practice problems.

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1. Louise is planning to ask Justin to the dance. Due to some extremely intricate high school drama, Justin has a 38% chance of saying yes. If Justin says no, Louise plans on asking Harrison, who has a 96% chance of saying yes. What are the odds that Louise goes to the dance with Harrison?

2. The local Atherton dress shop has a 40% sale for all dresses during the Sadie Hawkins Dance. Maria wants a beautiful green dress, but her mother will only purchase it for her if it’s under $50. If the dress is originally sold for $80, and if the local tax rate is 8.75%, will Maria be able to purchase the dress?

3. Due to poor attendance at the Atherton high school Sadie Hawkins Dance the previous year, the current high school officers have decided to advertise the dance better this year by announcing it on the daily school broadcasts. If the high school has a total of 2,500 students, and on any given day, 17% of all students pay attention to the announcements, how many days should the officers announce the dance so that 800 students decide to attend? (Assume that anyone who pays attention to the announcement will decide to go to the dance, and that every day, a different 17% of students pay attention to the broadcasts).

We hope that you enjoyed these Sadie Hawkins Dance-themed math problems! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Happy Valentine’s Day, Palo Alto!

Love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is here, and we couldn’t be more excited! It is perhaps one of the most popular and recognized holidays in our country–and even the world–each year. But besides chocolate, flowers, and “I love you”s, how much do we really know about and associate with February 14th? We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park want to provide you with five cool facts about the holiday and its origins. Be sure to share these interesting facts widely with your children, family, and friends!

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Fun Valentine’s Day Factoids

1. One popular theory about Valentine’s Day’s origin is that Emperor Claudius II didn’t want Roman men to marry during wartime, yet Bishop Valentine went against his wishes and performed secret weddings. For this, Valentine was jailed and executed. While in jail, he wrote a note to the jailor’s daughter, signing it “from your Valentine.”

2. Over 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged each year.

3. Single? Go to Finland–there, Valentine’s Day is called Ystävänpäivä, which translates into “Friend’s Day.” The holiday is more about remembering friends than loved ones.

4. Ever wondered where the expression “to wear your heart on your sleeve” came from? During the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to determine who would be their valentine. They would then wear the name pinned onto their sleeves for one week for everyone to see.

5. The red rose, widely associated with the holiday now, was the favorite flower of Venus, the Roman goddess of love.


We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope you have a wonderful, love-filled day in Palo Alto, and that you remind your loved ones of just how much you appreciate having them in your life. We’d like to say that we love working with your children very much! We’ll be back to more math-related posts next week. For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Airport Math Problems for Palo Alto

Palo Alto families love to travel! During Christmas, Spring Break, or summer vacation, many of our Palo Alto students go on exciting adventures with their families and friends! This week, our staff at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park came up with some airport-themed math problems for our fellow travelers. (The statistics we provide in our problems are all made up and hypothetical).

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1. At JFK Airport in New York City, 1 out of every 14 flights is delayed. What percentage of flights at JFK are delayed on a daily basis?

2. At a certain airline counter at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport), checked baggage is $50 per bag, while carry-on baggage is $5 per every 3 pounds. At what weight will a package cost the same whether checked or carry-on?

3. Palo Alto is served by both San Francisco International Airport and San Jose Mineta International Airport. A taxi leaves for San Francisco International Airport (25 miles away) at 4:20pm and travels at 50mph on average. An Uber leaves for San Jose Mineta International Airport (10 miles away) at 4:50pm and travels at 40mph on average. Which mode of transportation reaches their respective airport first?

4. Believe it or not, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is the busiest in the world! There are approximately 2,500 departures and arrivals at the airport each day. Using this statistic, how many departures and arrivals happen at the airport each year?

5. At Chicago O’Hare International Airport, an average fast-food meal (burger/fries/soft-drink) costs $7.50. Outside of the airport, the same meal would cost about $6.25. What percent more expensive is the fast food meal within the airport?

We hope that you were able to practice your math with these airport-themed math problems! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Happy February, Menlo Park!

We hope you and your family had a great January! Now it’s time for a new month. Even though February is the shortest month of the year, it is filled with numerous holidays and occasions to be excited about, from Valentine’s Day to Black History Month to Ice Cream For Breakfast Day (yes, that’s a real thing!).

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To celebrate the start of February, we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park would like to share with you both some interesting facts on this month and a few challenging February-themed math problems for students to try. Check them out below:

Interesting February Facts
1. The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification.

2. Some lesser-heard historical names for this month include Solmonath (mud month) and Kale-monath (cabbage month).

3. February’s birth flower is the violet, and its birthstone is amethyst.

Fun February Math Problems

1. It’s Valentine’s Day in Menlo Park, and George has 26 children in his class, not including him. He wants to get every student and the teacher a valentine. Each valentine costs $0.50. If his mother gives him $15 to buy valentines, will he have enough money?

2. February is American Heart Month. To promote heart health, Mary wants to run from her house in Menlo Park to Palo Alto and back. The two cities are 2.5 miles apart. Mary runs at 6 miles per hour. How long will it take her to run a round trip from Menlo Park to Palo Alto?

3. Every 4 years is a leap year, meaning that there is an extra day in the month: February 29th. Only once every 4 years does that day, known as Leap Day, show up. If Carlos was born on February 29th on a leap year, how “old” will he be–meaning how many actual birthdays will he have had–when his real age is 24?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that your family enjoys a happy February! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Luxury Shopping Math Problems for Atherton

Shopping: it’s an activity that people tend to either love or hate! This week, our Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park staff has come up with some shopping-themed math practice problems for our students in the Atherton area.

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1. Bloomingdale’s at Stanford Mall near Atherton is having a huge Christmas sale! If jeans originally cost $50 but now only cost $35. What was the percent discount?

2. Jenny and her friends decide to go on a summer shopping spree. If Jenny buys a bottle of perfume for $50, a tank top for $25, and a pair of sunglasses for $60, and the local tax rate is 8.75%, how much money did Jenny spend?

3. Sephora near Atherton is hosting a promotional program where every 4th customer in line gets a $10 gift card, every 5th customer gets a perfume/cologne sampler, and every 18th customer receives a free makeup set. What is the probability that a customer receives all 3 promotional items?

4. A local Atherton antique shop is selling a crystal chandelier for 20% off its original $9,500 price, and a candelabra chandelier for 30% off its original $10,650 price. Which item is cheaper to purchase now?

5. In a fragrance shop, a certain brand offers bottles in 3 sizes. A customer can purchase a 150g bottle for $60, a 260g bottle for $70, and a 420g bottle for $90. Which bottle size is the best deal (in terms of grams of perfume per money spent)?

6. Due to an unfortunate pudding incident at work, George would like to purchase a new suit. If a certain Burberry suit collection has 3 choices of pants, 5 choices of a suit jacket, and 7 choices of ties, how many possible suit option are there?

We hope that you enjoyed these math practice problems! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

MLK Day, Palo Alto

This week, in Palo Alto and around the country, we’re celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday that highlights the achievements of the historic Civil Rights Movements, as well as spotlights lingering civil rights issues in American society.

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As a cosmopolitan melting pot, America benefits from the geographic, ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity of its people. In the 1960s, the Civil Rights Movement, led by Martin Luther King Jr., achieved voting and legal rights for African-Americans, a historic benchmark that later resulted in greater civil rights for all Americans. On this day, especially, students from Palo Alto and the United States should appreciate the legacy of Mr. King and his allies, and admire the progress that our nation has accomplished since the 1960s. To celebrate, many cities and towns across the country host parades, parties, and concerts to commemorate the Civil Rights Era. See if you can attend any celebrations in Palo Alto!

Yet, at the same time, we should be mindful of the civil rights issues still afflicting our communities during MLK Day, even in Palo Alto. It’s important to note that even though our nation has come a long way, there are still problems inherent in our ethnically, socially, and culturally diverse communities. On MLK Day, everyone should still be mindful of the ways our society still needs to progress in order to obtain equal opportunities and treatment for all Americans.

We’ll be back next week with our usual math practice problems! The Mathnasium of Palo Alto / Menlo Park wishes you a happy MLK Day!

Lake Tahoe Ski Math for Menlo Park

For many of our Menlo Park students, the arrival of winter signals a long-awaited seasonal tradition: the family road-trip to Lake Tahoe and a weekend full of skiing and hot chocolate. To celebrate this tradition, the staff at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto / Menlo Park have come up with these Lake Tahoe ski trip themed math problems!

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1. James and Allie are racing together on Bunny Slope, a 2-mile run. James skis at an average of 20 mph on the slope, and Allie at 23 mph. If James gives Allie a 1 minute head start, who wins the race?

2. Menlo Park is approximately 200 miles away from Lake Tahoe. If it took Priya’s family 6 hours to travel to Lake Tahoe, how fast did they travel, on average? Based on your answer, do you think there was traffic along the way?

3. May’s family is renting skis at the Menlo Park Ski Rental Shop. May and her 12-year-old brother Samuel both rent the kids’ skis (at $20 per day), and their parents both rent adult skis (at $30 per day). If May’s family plans to go skiing for 5 days, and the local tax rate is at 8%, how much does the family spend on ski rental?

4. After a long day of skiing, Charles and Travis decide to make some hot chocolate. The recipe calls for 3 parts of hot chocolate mix for every 5 parts of water. If the two friends decide to use 2 packets of hot chocolate mix (300 grams total), how much water do they need to successfully make hot chocolate?

Menlo Park students, we hope that you enjoyed these ski-themed math problems! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

New Years Resolutions for Palo Alto

Now that it’s officially 2017 in Palo Alto, it’s time to think about the positive changes we’d like to make for ourselves in this new year! With that in mind, our staff at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto / Menlo Park has come up with some suggestions on keeping your resolutions throughout the entire year and beyond.

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1. Make concrete, achievable goals for the New Year. It’s much easier to achieve a concrete goal than a vague one. For example, if your goal is to read more in the coming year, don’t just set your New Year’s resolution as “to read more”. Instead, come up with maybe 5-6 books that you want to have read by the end of the year! Making concrete goals will ensure that you have a specific direction to go with.

2. Everything in moderation! Palo Alto is definitely a fast-paced city, but that doesn’t mean that you have to rush through your resolutions! For example, if your goal is to become more fit in 2017, make sure to phase out your workouts and lifestyle changes. Don’t immediately drop sugar from your diet and run 10 miles a day at your local Palo Alto gym; make those dietary changes and build up your workouts gradually. You’ll be much less likely to burn out, and have a greater shot at achieving your resolutions.

3. Let a friend in on your New Years’ Resolutions! Having a friend or family member do your New Years’ Resolutions with you creates accountability between the two of you. For example, if your New Years’ Resolution is to learn French in 2017, you should take classes, schedule study sessions, and converse in French with a friend. Including a friend in your goals makes you that much more likely in achieving your dreams for the year.

We hope that these ideas will give you a head start on those New Years’ Resolutions. Palo Alto students and parents, we hope that you have an awesome new year! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto / Menlo Park.

New Year, New Math Problems in Atherton

New Year’s Eve is rapidly approaching, and 2017 is coming up on the horizon! We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park can’t believe how quickly this past year has gone by. Half of the school year has already passed by, meaning it’s been a great few math-filled months here at Mathnasium. Working with your children and providing math tutoring services in the Atherton area for yet another year has been a rewarding experience. With a new year comes new possibilities, new opportunities, and new experiences, and we wish that all of you and your families experience a joy-filled 2017!

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This time of year is undoubtedly a festive one. With all the fun of dinners, parties, fireworks, and other activities, kids can become extremely excited and energetic–which they should be. When they’re not playing outside in Atherton with friends or doing activities with family, give them these fun new New Year’s-related math problems to solve.

1. Lauren’s throwing a New Year’s party in Atherton. It starts at 7 pm on December 31st, and ends at 1 am (after midnight strikes!) on January 1st. How many hours is her party? What fraction of an entire day is her party?

2. Timothy will turn 18 in 2017. His sister Jessica was born in 1998. Who is older, Timothy or Jessica? By how much?

3. The U.S. first celebrated its independence in July 1776. In 2017, how “old” will our country be?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you enjoyed your 2016, and that you have a happy and safe New Year’s! We are highly looking forward to working with you for another math-filled year in Atherton. For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Holiday Math Fun in Palo Alto

The holiday season is here! Even though it doesn’t snow here in Palo Alto, this holiday is still undoubtedly a time of festive winter cheer for those who celebrate holidays around this time of year. Whether it’s taking a trip to Tahoe to go skiing, escaping the winter cold by traveling to somewhere tropical, or staying right at home in cozy Palo Alto, there exists a multitude of exciting things to do with family and friends during this season.

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Kids especially love the holidays. Perhaps it’s the presents waiting for them underneath the tree, or the fact that they are free from the responsibilities of school to spend time with friends, or the promise of a new year–or a combination of all of these factors. Whatever it is, Palo Alto is always filled with extra hustle and bustle and excitement during this time of year. Children are filled with energy and joy, and are always bouncing around looking for something to do. Don’t let them be bored–give them these fun holiday-related math problems to do!

1. Jay’s Christmas tree is 5 feet, 11 inches tall. Jane’s Christmas tree is 6 feet, 3 inches tall. How many inches taller is Jane’s tree than Jay’s tree? What fraction of a foot is that difference?

2. This year, Hanukkah starts on December 24th and ends on January 1st. How many days long is Hanukkah? Is that longer or shorter than a week?

3. The colors of Kwanzaa are red, green, and black. The holiday is celebrated with seven candles, which are symbolic of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. If George wants to make seven candles of each Kwanzaa color, how many candles will he need? If each candle costs $3, will $20 be enough to purchase all of the candles?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that your children enjoyed and were challenged by these math problems, and that you have a safe, joyous holiday season! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.