Fall in Atherton

Fall–or autumn, depending on what you want to call it–is here in Atherton! The leaves turning beautiful colors, slightly cooler weather, the start of the school year, Halloween, and Thanksgiving are just a few of the reasons that fall is beloved by many. Particularly in Atherton, where the weather gets especially mild and nice during this season, many people love to get out and do things during fall. Now that we are well into the season, here are some fun, educational facts about this period of the year!

1. The term “fall” first came to be used in 16th century England due to the Middle English phrases “fall of the leaf” and “fall of the year.”

2. Instead of “autumn,” people in New England used to call this season “backend.”

3. In the Southern Hemisphere, Easter takes place during fall!

4. The beautiful aurora borealis, also known as the Northern Lights, tends to be visible during this time of year. This is because geomagnetic storms, which produce them, are about twice as likely to occur during the fall as a result of the colder weather.

5. The first day of autumn is the autumnal equinox. During this day, in Atherton and around the world, the number of hours of darkness exactly equals the number of hours of daylight.

We at Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you have a fun-filled fall! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Back to School Shopping in Palo Alto

With the beginning of the new school year in Palo Alto, stores all over Palo Alto are stocked up on supplies for students! They have pencils, backpacks, notebooks, and all kinds of other supplies to help you prepare for the upcoming year in Palo Alto. Here are some fun math problems to do after a fun day of shopping!

1. If a pencil costs \$0.50 and an eraser costs \$0.30, how much does 3 pencils and 2 erasers cost?

2. If Joe spent \$15.75 on a backpack and \$3.50 on a pack of pencils, how much did he spend in all?

3. There are 25 students in Ms. Smith’s class at Palo Alto High School. She requires each of them to buy 10 pencils. Pencils cost 12 cents each at the local Palo Alto safeway, and the local tax is 8 percent. How much do the students in Ms. Smith’s class spend on pencils?

4. 11th graders at Palo Alto High School do 26% more homework than 10th graders. If the average 10th grader uses up 167 sheets of paper a month, how many sheets of paper will an 11th grader use.

5. The local Palo Alto Safeway is hosting a back-to-school sale, with 30% off all items. If Sammy purchases 3 erasers for 50 cents each, how much does he save during the sale?

Happy shopping! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Summer Camps

One of the things I love about summer is going to summer camps! As a child, I used to attend Camp Galileo in Palo Alto. One of my favorite summer camps there was Chefology. At Chefology, I learned how to bake decadent desserts as well as international foods, such as fried rice. My Chefology class was only 10 minutes away from Mathnasium! After going to summer camp for the whole day, try these fun word problems!

Summer Camp Fun!

1. If you need 2 cups of flour for every 3 cookies, and you want to make 10 cookies, how many cups of flour do you need?

2. If the oven heats up at 5 degrees per second, and you need the oven temperature to be 425 degrees, how long will it take for the oven to heat up?

3. Each quesadilla has 5 slices. If there are 10 people in your class, and each person wants 3 slices, how many quesadillas do you have to make?

We hope you have fun at your summer camps! For more fun ways to learn math, visit the Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park.

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!

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 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!

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 in San Francisco

With all the free time that you’re going to have this summer, you should go on an adventure in San Francisco! All our students come from the Peninsula/South Bay Area, meaning that San Francisco is just a short, 30-40 minute drive away! During the summer, San Francisco is known for its cool weather, making it an ideal place to escape the summer heat! Below, we’ve listed some ideas for activities you could do in the city!

1) Go jogging in Golden Gate Park! Take advantage of the cool summer weather to exercise in arguably most beautiful park on the West Coast! Once you’re in the neighborhood, you can also explore De Anza Art Museum and the California Academy of Sciences!

2) Watch the sunset on Ocean Beach in the Sunset District! This beach faces the Pacific Ocean, and is located on the western border of the city! This beach usually isn’t very busy, making it an ideal place to watch those perfect summer sunsets!

3) Go explore Mission! The Mission District is located near the center of the city, and is known for its beautiful public art, vibrant atmosphere, and amazing Latin American food. Grab a burrito at a taqueria, enjoy the murals, and duck into any of the bookstores in the area!

4) If you’re in Mission, you might as well visit Castro as well! Summer is an especially optimal time to visit this gay-friendly neighborhood, especially since San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade happens in June! Throughout history, the Castro has been considered one of the world’s most diverse and open-minded neighborhoods!

We hope that this blog post inspired you to travel up to San Francisco this summer! For more ideas to spend this coming summer, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto/Menlo Park.

Beat The Summer Heat

School is almost out and that means that Summer break is right around the corner. Breathe deep and relax. You can do it, just a couple more tests and you can relax from the normal school schedule. Freedom is a few weeks away.

Now while Summer often mean trips to museums, parks, beaches and other places Summer fun it also means Summer Brain Drain.

Summer Brain Drain is the learning lost during the summer months. During the 3 months of summer break, most students lose approximately 2 months of grade level equivalency with mathematics computation skills.

While some schools offer reading and practice math packets home, its fairly common that most kids run out of things to do. Very often many parents struggle to find enough activities for their children to do and keep them occupied.

While Summer Brain Drain can be a nasty it can be prevented. That lost knowledge can be preserved by practicing and sharpening your skills for an hour per day or even an hour every other day. That leaves you with over 160 hours to have fun, sleep, travel and destress from the chaos that comes with the school year.

Luckily Mathnasium of Palo Alto/Menlo Park keeps its doors open and the AC on during the summer months offering quality tutoring. Our program is perfect for keeping those freshly learned skills sharp and gives students the opportunity they need to take on that next year strong and easy.

So come on in this Summer to help prevent Summer brain drain and spend some time with Mathnasium of Palo Alto/ Menlo Park.

Summer Ice Cream Math Problems

With summer coming up so soon, students in Palo Alto/Menlo Park are already looking forward to long, lazy days free of schoolwork. To indulge in these summer fantasies, we at Mathnasium have been publishing summer themed math problems! One thing that sets summer apart from the other seasons is that it’s always warm enough outside to eat ice cream! With that in mind, here are some ice cream themed math problems.

1) At Millie’s Ice Cream Shop, customers can buy a triple-special during the summer. A triple-special consists of 3 of the following flavors: chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, mango, mint chocolate chip, and green tea (where flavors can be repeated). How many possible combinations are there for the summer triple-special?

2) For every dollar that a customer spends on ice cream over the summer, 11 cents in tips are paid (on average, made up statistic). How much would customers need to spend on ice cream for there to be \$100 in tips?

3) During your summer job at Long’s Ice Cream Shop, you scoop out ice cream with a spherical scooper. If that diameter of the scooper is 2.5 inches, what’s the volume of ice cream that it can scoop up? (Imagine that the ice cream that can be scooped out is perfectly spherical in shape).

4) During the summer, sales rise 52%, compared with spring sales. If Melissa’s Ice Cream Parlour served 9,321 customers over the spring season, how many customers did they serve over the summer?

We hope you enjoyed these ice-cream themed problems, to prepare you for the summer! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Summer Travel Math Problems

In Palo Alto and Menlo Park, many families decide to go abroad during summer vacation! Traveling during the summer opens students up to new cultures and experiences, so we highly recommend it! Since summer is coming up in just a couple months, here are a few math problems to get you looking forward to the summer!

1. A family of four buys plane tickets to London for the summer. If economy class tickets cost \$1200 each, and business class tickets cost \$2000, how much more expensive are business class tickets? (express as a percentage)

2. You’re in Japan for the summer! While at a restaurant in Tokyo, you mentally calculate the bill in your head (all that practice at Mathnasium is coming in useful!). You order 2 servings of shrimp sashimi (\$3 each), 1 serving of unagi rolls (\$5) and one bowl of udon soup (\$6). If tax is 10%, how much does the meal cost?

3. You’re bored at the airport, waiting for your flight to Rio de Janeiro, and you’re planning activities to do on the plane. If the flight is around 11 hours, how many movies can you watch? Assume that each movie you watch is about 3 hours.

4. In Mumbai, the average temperature over the summer is 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Convert it to Celcius! To convert temperatures in degrees Fahrenheit to Celcius, subtract 32 and divide by 1.8.

We hope you enjoyed these math problems! Regardless of whether you travel or not this summer, we hope you spend lots of time with your friends and family!

For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park!

Things To Do This Summer

Palo Alto and Menlo Park schools are well into second semester, with summer just over the horizon. It’s never too early to start planning for the summer! Although the summer is inarguably a time to relax and spend with friends and family, it’s always a good idea to get ahead academically during this period of no-school!

Here are some Mathnasium tips for you to have fun this summer!

1. Go on a road trip with your friends and family! Drive to Los Angeles, Portland, or if you’re feeling adventurous, a city on the East Coast! While you’re driving, you’ll invariably bond with the other people in your car. Make sure to enjoy the famous landmarks and the diverse landscapes that the United States offers. And of course, don’t forget to play the license plate game! See how many states you can spot!

2. Read some books! Go to your local library or bookstore, and find books that relate with things that you’re genuinely interested in. Since this reading is strictly for leisure, and not for school, you have the power to choose your own reading material! Over the summer, try to read lots of books in different genres. My personal favorite is “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo!

3. Go to summer camp! There’s nothing more American than sitting around a campfire with your buddies, unwinding after a long day of hiking and swimming! Although many of us think of nature camps, there are also camps for many different activities and interests! Think about programming camp or debate camp!

4. Spend some time at Mathnasium! We’ll have plenty of fun math activities and events planned for you this summer! By spending some time at Mathnasium, you’ll be well-prepared for the coming academic year!

Have fun this summer!