# Number Sense Blog

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Very Rare Alligator

Feb 24, 2016

(Image via Quinn Dombrowski on Flickr)
On this Word Problem Wednesday, a rare variant of a toothy reptile takes center stage! Solve our alligator word problem; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
One out of every 250,000 alligators is bor...

### Math is Beautiful: Symmetry

Feb 26, 2016

Many factors come into play when humans assess aesthetics and determine which objects are pleasing to the eye. One of these is symmetry! We say that a figure has symmetry when it has certain repeating features—essentially, it’s the property of bei...

### Happy Leap Day!

Feb 29, 2016

2016 is a leap year, and February, the shortest month of the year, gains an extra day—February 29th, otherwise known as leap day!
So why do we have leap years and days? Leap years and days are adjustments built into the calendar’s structure to ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: In Celebration of Leap Day!

Mar 2, 2016

Leap Day 2016 was this week, on Monday, February 29! On this Word Problem Wednesday, give our leap year-themed word problem a try; we'll update with the answer tomorrow.
2016 is a leap year! Every 4 years, there is an extra day at the end of Fe...

### Getting to Know Pi!

Mar 10, 2016

We’re counting down to our favorite math holiday—Pi (π) Day, which takes place every year on March 14 (3/14 = the first three digits of pi)! Math enthusiasts the world over celebrate Pi Day every year, and with all this hullabaloo, y...

### Congratulations to our Pi Day 2016 Trivia Contest Winners!

Mar 14, 2016

We hope everyone had the best Pi Day ever, and would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our Pi Day Social Media Trivia Contest! For those who missed it, we counted down to Pi Day by posting a series of five Pi trivia ques...

### Math Takes Root in April!

Apr 1, 2016

Spring is in full bloom, and this April, we're celebrating the fact that math is everywhere! There are so many opportunities around to fortify your math foundations, practice your skills, and watch math take root in your lives. This month, we're i...

### It's the Great Pi Day 2016 Recap!

Mar 18, 2016

In case you can't tell, we're not quite ready to let go of Pi Day 2016 just yet! Check out all the fun that was had at Mathnasium centers all over North America. We think you'll agree—no one does Pi Day like Mathnasium!
Wide smiles, mat...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Movie Star Mathematician

Mar 23, 2016

On Word Problem Wednesday, we're celebrating the contributions of screen siren and mathematician Hedy Lamarr! Give our word problem a try... we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Hedy Lamarr was born in 1914. She was a mathematician and invent...

### Word Problem Wednesday: A Garden of Gardenias

Mar 30, 2016

Spring is in full bloom, and we can't think of a better word problem for this installment of Word Problem Wednesday than this one about gardening! Give it a shot; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Harrison has a full 3–gallon watering can....

### Math Help for Students: Study Tips for Math Tests

Mar 31, 2016

Many students come to Mathnasium nervous about math tests. We’d like to share a handful of our study tips to help you tackle each test performing at your personal best—in math, and in your other classes too!
Preparing for a math test (or any te...

### 4/4/16 Marks a Rare & Radical Math Holiday!

Apr 4, 2016

4/4/16 is Square Root Day! Square Root Days occur when the month (4) and the day (4) are both equal to the square root of the year (16).
The square of a number is the product of the number times itself. The number that is multiplied by itself i...

### It's a Square Root Day Word Problem Giveaway!

Apr 4, 2016

It's a Square Root Day word problem giveaway! Email ilovemath@mathnasium.com with your answer to our Square Root Day word problem by Friday, April 8—one lucky winner will receive a Mathnasium prize pack!
The perimeter of a square grilled cheese...

### Math Talk: Is Your Child Ready for Algebra?

Apr 18, 2016

Parents: April is Math Awareness Month, and we're shining the spotlight on the issue of Algebra Readiness. There's been much media speculation as to whether or not Algebra should be required in school, and we'd like to take a few minutes to stress...

### Word Problem Wednesday: Pizza!

Apr 20, 2016

Happy Word Problem Wednesday! This week's word problem certainly has our stomachs growling for some pizza. Give it a shot; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
Morgan’s scout troop is having a pizza party. They order 2 each of 3 varieties of ...

### Math in Nature: A Prime Life Cycle for Periodical Cicadas!

Apr 21, 2016

We’re always tickled to see unusual instances of math in nature, and this headline certainly had us grinning from ear to ear: Periodic Cicadas are Coming: Mathematical Bugs in the Prime of their Lives! While many 17-year-old humans spend springtim...

### Math Help: Counting and Grouping

Apr 26, 2016

Many times, when students of all ages come to Mathnasium in need of math help, their math troubles can be traced back to a lack of number sense—an intuitive grasp of how numbers work! What’s the first step to gaining number sense? Well, the most b...

### Word Problem Wednesday: How Many Strings?

Apr 27, 2016

Source: "Vancouver Symphony Orchestra with Bramwell Tovey" by Vancouver 125 - The City of Vancouver is licensed under CC BY 2.0
Happy Word Problem Wednesday! Give our orchestra word problem a try; we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
An ...

### Word Problem Wednesday: May the Fourth Be With You!

May 4, 2016

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We know it's going to be a great day when Star Wars Day aligns with Word Problem Wednesday! Give our word problem a try—we'll update with the answer tomorrow!
General Leia is flying a T-47 Airspeeder to Echo Base at 650 kilome...

### For Math Success, a Can-Do Attitude Is Key

May 5, 2016

Parents, if there’s one golden nugget of math advice we can pass along to help you set your family up for math success, this Washington Post op-ed by Petra Bonfert-Taylor sums it up:
Stop telling kids you’re bad at math. You are spreading math...