Number Sense Blog

Math in Nature: Perfect Spheres

Mar 31, 2015

Every time we walk out the door we are surrounded by math in the world around us.  Nature has a beautiful and amazing way of using math.  These patterns in nature can be seen as symmetry, spirals, waves, fractals, spots, stripes, crystals...

Newton and the Apple

Mar 31, 2015

Just imagine this scenario- You are relaxing on a spring day enjoying nature and the environment around. All of a sudden you encounter a simple act that provides insight for you to create a universal law that will alter how mankind perceives the u...

Math on the Field: Soccer

Mar 31, 2015

Soccer, or Futbol as most enthusiasts call it, takes the crown as the most played and watched sport across the globe. But is soccer just a sport of running and kicking? Is there any strategy to it at all? Soccer requires excellent knowledge, skill...

Math on the Field: Football

Mar 31, 2015

Whether you are watching your favorite team battle on the gridiron or strapping up the pads yourself, the one thing that can’t be ignored is how math impacts the game. Your team might be celebrating a touchdown, but if you break down the big play ...

Math in Everyday Life: Banking

Mar 31, 2015

Mathematics affects the financial decisions that we make every day.  From paying our bills to using coupons at the grocery store, math is a part of our everyday lives.  Number sense and a facility with mathematical concepts is especially ...

DIY TriMathlon: Smarties Magic Squares

Jan 7, 2015

Were you unable to attend our 4th Annual TriMathlon? Do you still want your child to join in the TriMathlon challenge fun? Today we'll share another fun and challenging TriMathlon exercise, Magic Squares, from one of our sponsors, Smarties. ...

Friday Fun: Number Nonsense - Perfect Numbers

Jan 30, 2015

Happy Friday! In this week's Number NonSense cartoon, we explore perfect numbers.

Friday Fun: Number NonSense - Fractions & Cake

Jan 9, 2015

Make sure you have a strong handle on fractions so you can always get the biggest slice of cake!

Friday Fun: Number NonSense - Changing a Dollar

Jan 16, 2015

In this week's Number NonSense cartoon, find out how many ways you can change a dollar!

Math Heroes: Einstein's Miracle Year

Jan 21, 2015

Now here's an inspiring Math Hero story from TEDEd! Albert Einstein was considered a "failed" academic before he developed theories that radically changed our understanding of the universe. Check out this video on Einstein's "Miracle ...

Number NonSense: The Möbius Strip

Jan 23, 2015

Happy Friday! In this week's Number NonSense cartoon, we explore the Möbius Strip, discovered by August Möbius in the mid-1800's. Find out how to make your own Möbius Strip!

Super Bowl Problem Set

Jan 28, 2015

NFL Super Bowl XLIX is coming up this Sunday, so it’s time to warm up with some football themed math problems!   Lower Elementary: Question: Kelsey bought a pack of 92 foam fingers to root for the New England Patriots. She passed out half...

Happy e Day!

Feb 7, 2015

February 7th is e Day! While not as famous as Pi Day, e Day celebrates the mathematical constant e, which has a wide range of mathematical applications. Here's a bit of background on e and why it's worthy of celebration! As the history of mathe...

National Pizza Day Problem Set

Feb 9, 2015

It's National Pizza Day! We're celebrating with some fun pizza word problems. Mmmm....who's hungry?   Lower Elementary Question: Mark, Scott, and Christian ordered an extra-large pepperoni pizza. Mark and Christian both had 3 slice...

Feb 4, 2015

GPS location apps on a smartphone can pinpoint where you are and offer you directions to your school, find the nearest place to get a haircut, and tell you what the weather is in your neck of the woods, among many other cool features. But how does...

Finish the School Year Strong!

Feb 12, 2015

With only a few months left in the school year, it’s time to focus on math improvement to ensure your child finishes the year strong! Here are a few tips for making sure those final grades exceed expectations.   Identify Troublesome ...

Happy Valentine's Day!

Feb 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day! We want to share our love for math and our Mathnasium family today with a fun Valentine's Day problem! Can you solve it? Billy buys a box of chocolates to give to his secret admirer. Half of the chocolates are milk chocol...

Introducing Operation Mathlete!

Feb 19, 2015

We're so excited to announce the launch of Operation Mathlete, a new educational YouTube series hosted by our very own Larry Martinek! The show pits three students, each struggling in math, against themselves and each other in a series of fun and ...

Beat Summer Learning Loss with Mathnasium!

May 1, 2015

We've discussed the "summer slide" here on the blog before, and we know summer learning loss is currently on the minds of parents and teachers as they wrap up the academic school year and begin making plans for summer. As you prepare to enjoy...

Beat the Summer Slide!

Apr 8, 2015

Summer is right around the corner and excitement is in the air! As you prepare for a well-deserved break from the pressures of school, it’s a great time to start thinking about your child’s plans for the summer months. You’ve probably hear...

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