It’s back-to-school season here in Menlo Park! Students and their parents are in a frenzy to buy supplies for the upcoming year, and stores around Menlo Park are in the midst of their annual back-to-school sales! Shopping involves a lot of math, and as a result, our practice math problems this week have a back-to-school theme. Try out these problems in your free time to prep for your first day of math class.
- The local Menlo Park pencil shop is offering 30% off purchases of $20 or more! If Jenny purchases 10 pencils for $0.50 each, 3 notebooks for $3.75 each, and 1 pencil sharpener for $10, will she qualify for the discount? How much will she end up paying for her supplies? Assume that an 8.75% tax is added after the discount.
- Usually, S-Mart in Menlo Park serves on average 550 customers per day. During the back-to-school season, there is a 25% increase in customers. If each customer spends on average $10, how much extra profit does S-Mart earn per day during back-to-school season?
- Jamie is trying to estimate the amount of binder paper she needs for the upcoming semester. She realizes that the year before, she used 3 pieces of binder paper per school day for English class, 4 pieces of binder paper per school day for math class, 2 pieces of binder paper per school day for her science classes, and 2 pieces of binder paper per school day for her Spanish class. Assuming that she uses binder paper at the same rate this year, and that a school year is 180 days long, how many pieces of binder paper will she use up this year?
- Students in Menlo Park get a 15% discount at Gilroy Co., the clothing store that middle schoolers find the coolest. Adam finds a T-shirt for $20 and a pair of jeans for $30. If Adam goes to school in Menlo Park, how much will he end up paying for his new clothes?
We hope you were able to review some of your basic math with these problems. The staff at The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wishes you a happy, productive back-to-school transition!