On Being A Second Semester Senior Before the Summer

The writer of this blog post is a current second semester senior at a local Palo Alto high school (not telling which one!) He’s definitely excited to graduate high school in 2 months, travel for the summer, and leave Palo Alto for college in the East Coast! While he’s excited and can’t wait for new chapters in his life, he’s definitely bittersweet about leaving Palo Alto, the town he grew up in. Here are his goals to make the most out of second semester senior in Palo Alto before summer begins!

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1) Hang out with his friends more often this semester and over the summer. Often during high school, especially in competitive, overachieving Palo Alto, students are caught up in schoolwork. After a stressful semester applying to college, and all of junior year, the writer is excited to catch up with friends and go on more adventures! Specifically, he’s planning to take more roadtrips up to San Francisco, have more board game nights, see more shows, go to more summer concerts, etc

2) Keep up with academic obligations before the summer begins! While the pressure has definitely loosened over second semester, he still needs to try in his Palo Alto school! His future college takes AP credit for Calculus, Physics, and Economics, meaning he needs to study for those tests! However, for this #SSS, it’s fine for him to take a few mental health days, and be less stressed with all those tests and homework assignments…

3) Say goodbye to all his favorite spots in Palo Alto this summer! This means going to all his favorite restaurants, hiking spots, and bookstores in the city before leaving over the summer! He also needs to say goodbye to his favorite students at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, where he’s worked since sophomore year…

Summer Pool Math

With summer quickly approaching, the pool provides a perfect solace from the hot summer sun! While in the pool, you can swim laps to get some exercise, splash in the water with your friends or just louge in a floaty. A fun pool to visit over the summer is Rinconada Pool in Palo Alto! It has great water attractions and is perfect for all ages.Riconada is a great place to splash around in after some math time at Mathnasium. For this week, here are some pool-themed math problems for you to solve while you wait for summer break!

1) In order to fill up the pool for summer, you need 5,000 gallons of water. If the water flows at 200 gallons/minute, how long will it take to fill up the pool?

2) You are diving from 15 feet above the pool, off a diving board in the summer. If the pool is 8 feet deep, how far away are you from the very bottom of the pool?

3) At Rinconada Pool, there are 15 kids per square meter in the pool. If the pool is 20 square meters, how many kids are there today?

For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park. Make sure to stop by Mathnasium for some math problems so that you don’t get summer brain drain! We will have some fun, summer-related math problems for you to try!

Summer Smoothie Math Problems

One of the best things about summer is the vast variety of smoothies and juices that it’s acceptable to drink this time of year! Duing the summer, many Mathnasium instructors like to visit Jamba Juice or Starbucks to buy sweet drinks as way to cool off in the heat. For this week, here are some smoothie-themed math problems for you to solve!

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1. To make a summer berry smoothie, Janice needs 1/2 pounds of strawberries and 3/4 pounds of berries. What quantity of strawberries and berries does Janice need to make 1.5 summer berry smoothies?

2. During the summer, Palo Alto Juice Shop offers a 20% discount on all cold, sweet drinks. If lemonade is originally $3.99, a banana smoothie is $4.15, and a mango smoothie is $4.50, what are the prices of each after the discount?

3. During the summer, you consume 3 smoothies a week. Your friend consumes 4 smoothies a week. After how many weeks will you and your friend have consumed 50 smoothies?

4. There are 30g of sugar in a glass of lemonade that you buy from the store. However, when you make your own lemonade, you only put in 14g of sugar. What percent less sugar does your homemade version of lemonade have compared with the store-bought kind?

We hope that you enjoyed these smoothie-themed math problems! As we gradually approach the summer, our practice problems will be geared toward a sunnier disposition.

For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park.

Summer Beach Math

One of the most fun things to do in the summer is visit the beach! At the beach, you can swim, build sandcastles, search for seashells or have picnic. During the summer, Mathnasium instructors love visiting the beach on their time off because Half Moon Bay State Beach is just a short drive away! For this week, we have some beach related math problems for you to solve while you enjoy the summer sun!

1) In the summer, the drive to the beach can take up to 1.3 hours. If you want to get to the beach by 11:30am, what time should you leave your house?

2) If you are going to the beach in the summer with 3 other friends and you find 36 shells, how many shells does each person get if you split them evenly?

3) You want to pick up some fresh summer sandwiches for a picnic at the beach. If each cheese sandwich costs $3.99, and each turkey sandwich costs $4.49, how much will 1 cheese sandwich and 3 turkey sandwiches cost?

For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park. Enjoy your summer, Mathnasium!