Love and Math in Menlo Park Schools

Many math students in the Palo Alto and Menlo Park school system dread the unit of probability, but many would be surprised about math’s role in emotion, specifically love!

According to British mathematician Hannah Fry, mathematics has proven to hold many useful applications in finding love, most notably in the field of probability. Fry discusses the use of probability in online dating sites, such as OkCupid, which was created by mathematicians! Also, Fry introduces the concept of optimal stopping theory to predict marriage compatibility. According to this theory, considering marriage only after a certain number of dates can actually enhance the probability of a successful marriage! Finally, Fry teaches us a math equation that mathematicians can use to predict a couple’s probability of divorce, using data from a wide pool of observations.

Of course, while your typical Palo Alto and Menlo Park schools teaches probability, many students have no idea how these concepts can be applied! Tell your Palo Alto/Menlo Park student to be creative in their studies and try to seek out possible mathematical correlations, such as love.

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Hike Near Palo Alto

A great place to hike that is right near Palo Alto is Windy Hill, located in Portola Valley. Windy Hill is only a mere 9 miles from Palo Alto. It is the perfect place to take your family on a sunny afternoon for some fresh air and family fun. You can bring your dog on a leash, fly kites over the preserve or even bring a nice picnic. Your family may even run into a few horses on the hike up!

The Windy Hill Preserve was first recognized in 1980, and is now 1,335 acres. There are plenty of hikes of all different lengths, so you can go for a quick walk, or spend the whole day exploring what the preserve has to offer!

The views of the rolling hills are spectacular, but while you are hiking, feel free to ask your children these questions in order to add some math to the hike.

1) If the length of the hike is 8 miles, and you have already hiked 6 miles, what fraction of the hike do you have left?

2) If you walk at a pace of 4mph, how long will it take to complete the 8-mile hike?

3) When you get to the top of the hill, it is 3pm, if you have 4 more miles to hike and are walking at 2 mph, what time will you make it back down the hill?

Windy Hill is a nice outing for the whole family, and a great place to test your child on their math skills! For more information about Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park and other unique word problems, visit our website.

Amusement Park Near Menlo Park

A popular amusement park here in the Bay Area is California’s Great America. Opened in 1976, Great America is only 14 miles from Menlo Park! It has been the site of many films and has lots of fun rides.

One of the most popular rides is Flight Deck, which was opened in 1993 and performs several loops upside down! Another favorite ride at the park is the Centrifuge, which, just like the actual machine, spins people around in a circle and plasters them to the wall. Be careful, you might get dizzy!

Great America also has plenty of games to play and an entire water park to go to when it gets too hot for the rides!

Lets say you take your child to Great America, ask them these questions while at the park to include some math in your trip!

1) Each ticket to Great America costs $33 dollars. If you buy 2 tickets, how much change will you get if you pay with a one hundred dollar bill?

2) At the Panda Express in the park, a bowl of orange chicken and fried rice costs $5.99 and lemonade costs $1.29. If you buy two bowls and one lemonade, how much will it cost?

3) If you have 6 hours and 25 minutes to spend at the park, and you arrive at 10:30am, what time do you have to leave?

As you can see, Great America is an easy day trip from Menlo Park, and a great place to incorporate some math into your child’s day while they are having fun! For more information about Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park and other unique word problems, visit our website.

Math in Menlo Park Grocery Store

Menlo Park has a variety of grocery stores in the area. One of the closest stores from Mathnasium is the Safeway on El Camino (only 0.3 miles). At this Safeway, you can get any grocery item you can imagine. There is also a Starbucks and a Jamba Juice in the store, if you want a little pick-me-up.

Safeway is also the perfect place to quiz you child’s math skills. Next time you are in Safeway ask you children these problems:

  1. If apples are  #1.50 a pound, and you buy 3 pounds, how much will it cost?
  2. You order a Caribbean Passion smoothie from the Jamba Juice stand for $4.59 and a Strawberry Surfrider for $5.49, how much change will you receive from $15?
  3. If you leave for Safeway from Mathnasium in Menlo Park, and are driving at 30 mph, how long will it take you to reach the Safeway?

For more problems and information about math tutoring near Redwood City, check out Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park website.

Math Rhymes (at the Palo Alto Public Library!)

Greg Tang’s Math Potatoes will be a child and parent favorite. This fun, poetic collection of stories presents math in a way that will leave your child craving more. Math Potatoes uses a combination of beautiful illustrations and brief, catchy rhymes to lure your child into the book. Your child will hardly even realize that they are solving difficult math problems! With easy to remember and incredibly useful tips and tricks, this book will  simplify math and make math easier for your child which will help them succeed in school. Math Potatoes is by far the best book to add to your child’s mathematical toolbox. At the end of the book, there is a summary of the math concepts and tricks introduced in each story along with the answers.  The work is shown! This will allow your child to check their answers and solidify their new knowledge. Checking out math books will most definitely help your child remember and store the information they learned from the book. Visual explanations of math problems are proven to be beneficial for learning. At Palo Alto Menlo Park Mathnasium, we have a large selection of books. Be sure to check them out as you wait for your child to finish their session. After your child’s session at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, head over to the local Palo Alto or Redwood City library and pick up a copy of this incredible  must-read book.


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Find Half of Any Number!

At Mathnasium, we try to have a process for every concept we teach students. Using a process to solve problems helps students understand mathematical ideas, and gives them the magical abilities of doing math in their head! Finding halves of numbers is especially confusing for many students, but also equally important when advancing in math and in developing mental math skills.

Our process for finding halves of numbers goes like this:

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Fun Number Tricks

Number tricks and Math

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Although some children might be reluctant to believe it, math can be fun! There are many number tricks that seem unusual, but are actually fun and surprising! For example, you can figure out someone’s exact age by asking them to choose a number between 2 and 9. Here are the steps!


  1. Choose a number between 2 and 9
  2. Multiply your number by 2
  3. Add 5 to your number
  4. Multiply the number by 50
  5. If you had your birthday already this year, add 1,759 to your total. If you haven’t have your birthday this year, add 1,762
  6. Subtract the year you were born from the number ( you should now have a three digit number)
  7. The first digit should be the number you chose, and the next two digits should be your age

There are many other fun tricks like this. Next time you want to trick you child, try this fun math trick! This guy teaches how to do this trick with playing cards:

You can also do more fun tricks with your child through this website

These fun number games are not only fun and engaging, but also a  good way for your child to practice his or her math skills

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