Menlo Park Back-To-School Shopping Math


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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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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!

We’re Nearing The End Of Summer Vacation In Palo Alto!

Now that we’re nearing the middle of August, many of our Palo Alto students are lamenting the end of summer vacation! The Mathnasium of Palo Alto – Menlo Park has a couple suggestions for our students to make the most out of the rest of summer vacation, and to get a jump-start for the year!

  1. Go on one last memorable adventure with your friends! Get together with your friends to go on a hike, visit the city, or hang out at the beach! Soon, you’ll be busy with schoolwork, and the weather will start cooling down. Now’s your last chance to do something that you’ve wanted to do this summer, but have been too busy/lazy to do!
  2. Read a book! Visit your local Palo Alto library, browse through the selections, and pick a book that interests you! You might not have as much time during the school year to read for pleasure, as many of the books you’ll be reading will be assigned for you.
  3. Adjust your sleep schedule back to normal as soon as possible! Have you been sleeping super late and getting up even later? Don’t worry – happens to the best of us! Rather than frantically re-adjusting your sleep schedule the last night, stagger your sleeping time earlier and earlier until you reach your normal school year bedtime!

Schools in Palo Alto start soon, but we hope this article will help you make the most out of the time you have left! For more tips and strategies for the new year, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

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Happy August, Atherton!

August is finally upon us! This is an exciting month full of changes for many students, as it signals the last few weeks of summer and the transition into the academic year for most school districts. Summer is currently still in full swing in Atherton, and we hope that your children are continuing to have a fun, relaxing time with family and friends. In honor of the start of the month, we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to share 8 fun facts–in honor of this eighth month of the year–about August.

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1. The August birthstones are the peridot and the sardonyx.

2. The August zodiac signs are Leo (July 23rd – August 22nd) and Virgo (August 23rd – September 22nd).

3. The August birth flowers are the gladiolus and the poppy.

4. August is National Golf Month.

5. August is also National Family Fun Month! Get out of Atherton and do something extra special with your children this month!

6. Colorado became the 38th state to join the U.S. on August 1st, 1876.

7. August 26th is Women’s Equality Day.

8. The first Sunday of every August is Friendship Day.

Hopefully, at least a few of these facts provided something new and interesting for your children to learn. We hope that you and your family have a wonderful month in Atherton, and we’re looking forward to working with your children at the center to prepare for the upcoming school year! For more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Pizza in Menlo Park: Tasty Math Fun

Pizza is undoubtedly one of America’s most beloved dishes. Warm, filling, and easily customized to a wide variety of tastes and preferences, it’s widely enjoyed by all–for lunch, dinner and sometimes even breakfast. People always want pizza, whether it’s a blazing hot summer day or a freezing cold winter night. Luckily, Menlo Park has many popular pizza places open year-round, including Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria, Applewood Pizza, and Round Table Pizza. We hope that if you haven’t yet, you will take your children to try out at least one of these delicious spots!

In honor of the delicious dish, we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park have 5 pizza-related math problems for you this week. Hopefully, your children can try out a few–and hopefully be challenged–while enjoying a slice.

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1. Miranda’s pizza shop in Menlo Park sells slices for $1.25 a piece. It costs her shop $0.45 to make each slice. Miranda just got in an order for 100 slices. How much profit will she make from this order?

2. Valerie can make 5 pizzas an hour, and Zachary can make 6 pizzas an hour. How long will it take them to make 60 pizzas together if they work at the same time?

3. At Mel’s pizza place in Menlo Park, there are 3 different types of crusts, 4 different types of sauce, and 12 different toppings to choose from. If Jamie wants a pizza with one type of crust, one type of sauce, and one topping, how many unique combinations could she choose from?

4. Shay is dining at a pizza place, and her bill comes out to $24.50 before tip. She wants to give a 20% tip, and she has $30 in her wallet. Does she have enough to pay for this meal, or does she have to give a smaller tip?

5. Rob and his 8 friends are eating at a pizza place where the pizzas have 6 slices each. How many full pizzas will they need to buy if they each want to eat 3 slices? How many pieces will be left over?

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

Beat the Palo Alto Heat

It’s the hottest period of the year, and sometimes being outside for long can get too hot and tiring–even in Palo Alto. We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to provide you and your children with some fun, simple, and even educational ways to beat the heat and stay cool during Palo Alto’s summer heat.

Math Tutor / Tutoring - Palo Alto, CA - Mathnasium1. Go for a swim! There are many gyms and public centers in Palo Alto where you can have fun in a pool, including the YMCA, Rinconada Pool, and the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club. Swimming is a great form of exercise that keeps children active yet cool.

2. Read in the library! Palo Alto has 5 spacious, cool libraries where children can read, browse the Internet, and even play games. This free, educational activity is sure to keep kids out of the sun for hours.

3. Host a game night at home! Have your children’s friends come over for board and card games. This way, they’ll stay just as entertained and excited as if they were playing games outside, but they’ll be in the comfort of your own home.

4. Go for ice cream or similar treats! Palo Alto has a number of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and pearl milk tea shops that you can take your children for a cool, relatively inexpensive snack. Favorite places throughout Palo Alto include Rick’s Ice Cream, Baskin Robbins, Yogurtland, Pinkberry, and Teaspoon.

5. Make your own popsicles! Buy popsicle molds at any grocery store in Palo Alto, and then pour any juice of your choice into them and freeze. It’s a simple, inexpensive activity that kids can do on their own.

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that you’ll try out some of these ideas, and that you’ll have a fun time doing so! For a productive, educational way to stay out of the sun, schedule a visit to our air-conditioned center anytime this summer. And for more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Sleeping in Portola Valley: Nighttime Math Fun

As we all know, sleep is very important; this idea has been drilled into our heads from the very start. But–as we’ve all likely experienced–sometimes life gets in the way, and we don’t get as much sleep as is truly necessary to function in a healthy manner. This often tends to happen to students in the Portola Valley area, particularly during high school when workloads are heavy and school often has to be juggled with extracurricular activities.

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park want to make it clear that although doing well in academics is important, making sure to stay nourished and well-rested is just as–if not even more–crucial for your child and his or her well-being. Just as a refresher, children should get 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night, and teenagers should get 8 to 10.

In honor of the importance of sleep, we’ve created a few snooze-related math problems for your children to try before it’s bedtime in Portola Valley. We hope they’re fun!

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1. Joey slept 8.2 hours on Monday night, 7.9 hours on Tuesday night, and 7.8 hours on Wednesday night. How many hours, on average, did he sleep each night?

2. The recommended amount of sleep for a teenager is 8 to 10 hours. Can you restate this range using minutes? Seconds?

3. Eliza has a much more comfortable mattress in her home in Portola Valley, so she slept twice as many hours as Patricia did on her old mattress. Altogether, they slept for 18 hours. How many hours did each of them sleep?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that your child enjoyed trying out these math problems, and we encourage you and your family to schedule out time to get enough sleep each night. For fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


Fourth of July Fun in Menlo Park

Independence Day is here! On July 4th, people in Menlo Park–and everywhere else across the United States–get to celebrate and commemorate the founding of our nation, as well as its development and prosperity ever since. In honor of this important holiday, we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to share 5 fun facts we’ve found.

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Fun Facts On the Fourth

1. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on a “laptop”–but not the kind we think of today! His was a writing desk that fit on his lap.

2. Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4th of 1826.

3. Another U.S. president, James Monroe, also died on July 4th, but during the year 1831.

4. 87.5% of imported U.S. flags are made in China.

5. Americans will consume a total of around 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.



We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that these fun facts provided some new insight to this special day, and that they they inspire you and your family to get out and celebrate! Take some time to relax, enjoy food and fireworks, spend time with family, and be proud of our nation. We hope you all have a wonderful, safe Fourth of July whether you’re staying in Menlo Park or out on vacation somewhere else! We’ll be back to more math-related posts next week. For fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

From Palo Alto to the Beach: Sandy Math Fun

One great activity for the summer is going to the beach. Luckily for us in Palo Alto, there are a ton of beaches relatively close by. From Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay, there are areas both north and south of Palo Alto where you can find tons of  sand and sun–and most don’t take much more than an hour-long drive to reach. Some easily accessible, clean, serene beaches that aren’t too far from Palo Alto include Grey Whale Cove State Beach, San Gregorio State Beach, and Panther Beach.

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to take some of the fun from a beach day and incorporate it into math problems for your children! We hope that they will enjoy these beach-related math problems, which they can do during the drive to the beach or while they’re relaxing on a towel by the ocean.

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1. The beach Mary wants to go to is 30.5 miles from Palo Alto. Mary drives at a steady speed of 32 miles per hour to get there. How long does it take her to get to the beach?

2. Cady and his friends play a variety of sports at the beach. They play beach volleyball for 52 minutes and then take a 13 minute break. They then play Frisbee for 36 minutes and take a 15 minute break afterward. Lastly, they play beach soccer for 37 minutes before leaving. How much time did they spend at the beach in total in minutes? In hours?

3. Parking at the state beach costs $10. There are 8 people in Brandon’s car. If they split the parking fee evenly, how much does each person have to pay? If Brandon only has quarters, how many will it take to pay his share of the fee?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that these beach math problems were challenging yet enjoyable, and we hope that they inspired you to get out of Palo Alto and go visit one of California’s lovely beaches! For more math practice, make sure to schedule a visit to our center this summer. And for more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Free Summer Activities in Atherton

Kids in Atherton are always looking for something to do during the summer. But the typical activities to do with friends quickly get boring–and expensive. There’s only a certain number of times one can go see a movie, walk around the mall, or visit an amusement park. We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to share some unique, simple, free activities that children in the Atherton area can easily engage in. Most importantly, many of these are educational, and are sure to keep your kid’s mind active during the summer!

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1. Host a book club with your friends! You can pick out a book from the library or one that you already own at home, and get together with your friends to read and discuss the book while enjoying snacks.

2. Go on a hike! Local parks near Atherton have free trails of a variety of different levels. You can go on more leisurely paths, or take on more challenging, steep climbs. This is a great way to spend time with your friends, family, or even just your dog.

3. Visit a free museum! Many relatively close to Atherton have free admission, at least for children. The Cantor Art Museum at Stanford University and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art are among these museums. They provide a fascinating, engaging experience that can make an entire day fun!

4. Practice origami! All you need are paper, YouTube for video tutorials, and some time and patience. From cranes to flowers, there are hundreds of creations to be tried.

5. Explore photography! You can go around Atherton with either a smartphone or a camera your family owns, and look for interesting things to capture. If nothing stands out to you, try turning something seemingly mundane into an eye-catching photograph.

We hope that you and your children will have a fun time trying out some of these activities. Let us know how they worked out for you! For math practice and help, be sure to schedule a visit to our center this summer. And for more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.

Ice Cream Math In Menlo Park

Now that summer’s here in Menlo Park, kids are probably looking for ways to cool down. Ice cream is a refreshing, popular treat for even the hottest of summer days. There is a wide variety of places to get ice cream in the Menlo Park area; popular stops include Cold Stone Creamery, Baskin Robbins, and Queen Bee Ice Cream.

Since kids like this dessert so much, ice cream-related math problems are a sure way to appeal to them and get them to practice more math! This week, we at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park wanted to share a few fun ice cream math problems for your children to try, maybe even while enjoying some ice cream in real life. We hope that they’ll challenge and engage!

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1. It’s a hot day in Menlo Park, and Robin wants to get ice cream. Her mom gives her $5, and scoops are $1.25 each. How many scoops of ice cream can she get on her cone?

2. One tub of ice cream weighs 2.15 pounds. Brett, the owner of the ice cream shop, has a truck that can hold a maximum of 2,000 pounds at a time. How many tubs of ice cream can he transport at once?

3. At John’s ice cream shop in Menlo Park, there are 3 different types of cones and 12 different flavors. How many unique combinations of one-scoop cones are possible?

4. It costs $2 to make one ice cream cone, and the local ice cream shop sells each cone for $4. What percentage markup is this?

We at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park hope that these problems inspired your children to get more math done! For more math practice and help, come visit our center this summer. And for more fun ways to learn math, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.