SeaWorld Math Problems for Stanford

Now that we’re deep in the middle of winter, many of us are dreaming about summer vacation… And during summer vacation, what’s more fun for our Stanford students than going to SeaWorld? While we’re daydreaming about SeaWorld, here are some themed math problems for you to work on!

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1. You’re taking a family road trip from Stanford to San Diego (SeaWorld)! If it takes exactly 7 hours to drive there, if the distance between Stanford and San Diego is 478 miles, and if you didn’t take breaks while driving, what was your average speed?

2. At SeaWorld, walruses eat 20 lbs of fish each day. If 1 lb of fish costs $3, how much does it cost to feed 30 walruses?

3. While visiting SeaWorld, you decide to take a side trip to Disneyland in Anaheim. If you spend 2 days at SeaWorld and 2 days at Disneyland, how much do you spend on tickets? Assume that SeaWorld tickets are $60/day, and that Disneyland tickets are $130/day.

4. While watching the Shamu show, you decide to sit in the splash zone with your other Stanford friends. During the show, Shamu splashes 60 gallons of water out of the pool! How many pints of water is that?

We hope that you enjoyed these SeaWorld-themed problems! For many fun ways to learn math in the Stanford area, visit The Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park.


TV Math for Stanford

For students in the Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Stanford area, summer is a time of relaxation, and lots of TV-watching! While it’s fine to become a couch potato once in a while, be sure to keep everything in moderation! Here are some TV-themed math problems to keep your Stanford area student occupied over the summer!

1. You eat 3 bags of chips for every 2 episodes of “Glee”. How many episodes will you have watched if you have eaten 15 bags of chips?

2. A TV show season has 23 episodes in it. All of the episodes are 23 minutes long, on average. How long (in minutes) is the entire TV show season?

3. You invite some of your Stanford area friends over to binge watch Grey’s Anatomy. If you start at 9:12am, and watch 6 episodes (each episode is 45 minutes long) without any breaks, what time will you finish?

4. For each episode of “House” you watch, you burn 30 calories. If you go out jogging for the same amount of time as one episode, you burn 100 calories. How many more calories would you burn from jogging than from watching “House” if you watch 5 episodes of “House”?

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Remember not to watch too much TV over the summer! Do some math enrichment to keep your brain sharp at the Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, near the Stanford area.

Clothing Math at the Stanford Mall

The Stanford Mall is my favorite Bay Area mall! With beautiful, brightly colored flowers, the outdoor mall is truly one of a kind! Lucky for you, you now have a reason to go to the Stanford Mall because your daughter has experienced a rapid growth spurt and outgrown most of her clothing. There are tons of shops at the Stanford Mall so you’re certain she will get lucky somewhere- Abercrombie and Fitch, GAP, Nordstrom, Urban Outfitters, the options seem to go on forever!

In the meantime, your daughter could use some extra practice with math and money management! Why not kill two birds with one stone and help her build these skills as well?

Here are some fantastic shopping-related math problems that you can do with your daughter. Ready, set, go!

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1. Abercrombie and Fitch is having a jean sale of up to 25% off. You find one pair that was originally $55 and is now 15% off. The other pair of jeans you like were originally $60 but are now 25% off. Score! What is the current sale price of both pairs of the jeans that you want?

2. After you buy the jeans, you head over to Urban Outfitters to pick up some fashionable finds. You desperately need tops and dresses. You get lucky and find a dress for $22.99, 2 tops on a 2 for $15 deal, and a tunic for $45.99. If sales tax is 7.5%, what is the total cost with tax of your Urban Outfitters purchase?

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The Stanford Oval Math is Fun!

Math is fun and how amazing would it be if you saw Stanford’s very green Oval and were able to calculate its area? This is a very real math problem that we can pose to our Stanford math students because math is fun.

Finding the area of an oval is more like finding the area of a rectangle than like finding the area of a circle, believe it or not! We first start by finding the length (L) and width (W) of the oval. Then we multiply the two values (L x W) and then multiply the result by 0.8 to obtain the final result. This final result is the area of the oval. What a neat formula! Math is fun.

So,we can safely say that math is fun. And there are many things you can do to find fun math problems in Stanford, especially for our Stanford math students.  For example, one can calculate the area or perimeters of other things on Stanford’s campus. We have some ideas here: calculate the height of buildings given their volume, width, and length.  This leaves one variable to find in the equation.  Now, we can also calculate the distance from Jamba Juice to Panda Express.  First, start at Jamba Juice and take single steps, with one foot right behind the other.  Then, walk all the way to Panda Express and recall the number of steps you took. Then, measure your foot in inches, and multiple that number by the number of steps you took. This gives you the distance in inches. To calculate the distance in feet, divide by 12.

Finally, we can calculate the height of the Stanford tower, which is named the Hoover Tower, and find that math is fun.  There is no doubt that math is fun when we take it to the Stanford University campus.

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Stanford math is fun

Math is fun!

Stanford Summer Camp

Even though it is only February, it is time to start considering which summer camps to enroll your child in. There are lots of fun and interesting summer camps in Stanford, including Mathnasium. Mathnasium is a perfect summer camp because it is in proximity to Safeway and to Stanford Shopping Center, which means, as your child strengthens his or her math skills, you can pick up some groceries or enjoy some time at Stanford Shopping Center. Every summer, children go through the classic brain drain, which is when kids forget what they learned the previous year. At Mathnasium, we will make sure this doesn’t happen! We will strengthen their current math skills and help them excel in new skills as well. Also, unlike some summer camps, you get to choose the times and dates your child comes to Mathnasium. This means, your child can go to Mathnasium as well as go to a different summer camp before or after Mathnasium.



Here are some fun summer camps in Stanford your child can attend after coming or before coming to Mathnasium.

Stanford Sports Camps

This is a perfect camp a sports loving child. Children between age 5 – 18 can attend. Here, they will learn to master their skill in a sport as well as have fun and make new friends. Check out their website for a list of sports.

Education Unlimited Camp at Stanford

This camp is great for children between 4th and 12th grade. It is a perfect summer camp for those children interested in computer science, movie making, and other technology techniques.

iD Tech Camp

This camp is for 7 – 18 year olds. It is an overnight camp that teaches children how to make 2-D and 3-D video games as well as how to make websites, movies, and more!

This is just a small list of possible summer camps at Stanford this summer.

Want more? Make sure to check out our other posts about summer camps around the bay area. In addition to registering for cool camps, don’t forget to leave time for relieving summer “brain drain” at Mathnasium this summer! Visit our website at

Hey, math and Stanford Fans! Try some football word problems

Here in Palo Alto, there are a lot of Stanford fans.  Stanford has one of the best college football teams in the country, coming in at  #5 in the rankings this week.  They have a flawless record of 3-0 after beating San Jose State, Army and Arizona State.  However, 19 of the top 25 teams have not lost a game this year, and all of them have 3 or more wins.

Stanford math word problems

Stanford math word problems

So why is Stanford number 5 and not number 25 like Fresno State, who is also 3-0?  Here at Mathnasium, because we are near Stanford, we are working to figure out how these rankings work.  Many different variables go into deciding who will be ranked, and what they will be ranked.  These include points scored, points allowed, strength of schedule, yards gained, yard allowed, and many more.  We will try to begin figuring these rankings with a few word problems. Can you help us by solving these word problems?

Here are the fun Stanford math word problems:

1. Stanford scored 34 points in their first game, 34 points in their second game and 42 points in their most recent game.  How many total points have they scored so far this season?

2.  Stanford’s opponents have scored 13, 20 and 28 points.  How many total points has Stanford allowed?  How many more points have they scored than they have allowed?

3.  Oregon has scored 66, 59, and 59 points, respectively in their first 3 games. They are ranked #2 in the country.  How many total points has Oregon scored?  How many more points has Oregon scored than Stanford?

4.  Find the average number of points that both Stanford and Oregon score per game.  To do this, take the total number of points that you already calculated, then divide by the number of games, 3.

Challenge Word Problem for extra smart Stanford kids:

5.  Pretend the rankings are based completely on points scored.  If Oregon scores 27 points in their 4th game against Cal, how many points would Stanford need to score in their game in order to overtake Oregon in the rankings?

At Mathnasium, we are more focused on math than football.  But, if we did have a football team, we would know exactly how to be #1!

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Could the Benefits of Math Tutoring Rely on Brain Size & Wiring? Stanford Scientists Have the Answer!

Recently, scientists at Stanford have discovered new and exciting information on exactly how effective math tutoring can be! By tutoring twenty-four 8-9 year olds in math over eight weeks, the children improved on average 67%, the lowest being 8% and the highest being 198%. Why the big difference? Stanford researchers seem to have the answer!

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The Answer’s in the Hippocampus!

“A larger hippocampus, considered one of the brain’s most important memory centers, was the best predictor of improvement with tutoring,” stated Sue Dremann in her article entitled “Benefits of math tutoring depend on brain-region size, wiring” in Palo Alto Weekly.

The scientists used brain scans to look at the kid’s ability to do and learn math, and how their brains functioned and were structured. By analyzing the children’s brain scans, the researchers were able to predict how effective math tutoring would be simply depending on the size of the hippocampus and the wiring of the brain! The type of math tutoring the children received also affected the results. The 24 kids were tutored by doing and repeating speed-problems in order to make the answers automatic. “Once kids are able to pull up answers to basic arithmetic problems automatically from memory, their brains can tackle more complex problems,” explains Dremann.

How Does This Math Tutoring Discovery Affect You?

This discovery is very important for new math tutoring techniques to help children struggling with math everywhere! Says Vinod Menon, a professor at Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, “We can actually predict how much a child is going to learn during eight weeks of math tutoring based on measures of brain structure and connectivity.” By studying how tutoring can alter brain wiring, these Stanford scientists plan to tackle how to train the brain to help kids learn math, at all learning levels and ages!

Can’t wait to hear more about new tutoring methods! As a parent, what learning methods worked for you, and what tutoring methods work best for your kids?

~ Mathin’ Catherine, 5/16/2013

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Celebrating Pi Day around Stanford

Pi Day is the most celebrated math holiday in the Universe! In Palo Alto, this number has special significance because of the presence of Stanford University and its outstanding math faculty. However, Pi Day isn’t just limited to professional mathematicians, it can be fun for kids too!

by Mathin’ Catherin, February 27, 2013

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Pi Day Explained

Every math nerd knows that Pi Stanford University and Pi Dayis the ratio of a circle’s diameter to its circumference. But there are a number of things that math lovers use Pi for, such as finding the area of circle and  modeling trigonometric functions. For those of you that aren’t math nuts, Pi Day falls on March 14th because the first three digits of Pi are 3.14. Just to be clear, the number Pi is a non-repeating, non-terminating irrational number – it never ends! So far, computers have calculated over 10 trillion digits, but for most people, 3.14 is enough.

Stanford and Palo Alto Events Celebrating Pi Day

At Mathnasium of Palo Alto-Menlo Park, there will be great festivities to celebrate this wonderful day. We’re not yet sure exactly what will happen, but we plan on playing Pi-related games and throwing pies at our math instructors and math tutors. If you have any Pi-related tips or ideas, post them as a comment on this blog, or shoot us an email. We’d love to hear your ideas. At Stanford University, all-you-can-eat pie will be provided to students, and the school’s mathematics club will be hosting events.

As March 14 gets nearer, we will offer more creative math ideas to make Pi Day fun for children in Palo Alto. This holiday can be fun for everyone, aspiring mathematician or not!

~ Mathin’ Catherine, 2/25/2013