Life of Fred - Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (High School Series)

Life of Fred - Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (High School Series)

Publisher: Z Twist Books - Life of Fred
Author: Stan Schmidt
$39.00

The first book in the Life of Fred High School Series


Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Dr. Stanley Schmidt wrote these to make math come alive with humor, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that will make math a fun subject. Your children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them.  Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions. The textbooks are all hardbound, the answer keys are comb-bound.

This program relies on reading comprehension and thinking and are non-consumable. You will not find 30 problems on every page of rote spoon-fed learning that is quickly forgotten.  This is totally different, a new way of learning math, and everything you need is in the book. As a parent, you will quickly pick up on the novel way as you read along and learn with your student.  Books available for grades K - 12.

In five days of Fred’s life, every aspect of beginning algebra pops up in our hero’s life.

  • What it takes to get drafted into the army at age 6
  • New milkshake marketing techniques
  • About enjambment in the colonel’s library
  • . . . and algebra

All of the first-year high school algebra.

  • Finite/Infinite Numbers
  • Natural numbers
  • Whole numbers
  • Integers
  • Adding signed numbers
  • Ratios
  • Multiplying signed numbers
  • Proportions
  • Inequalities in the integers
  • Continued Ratios
  • Adding like terms
  •  Rectangles
  • Trapezoids
  • Sectors
  • Symmetric Law of Equality
  • Order of operations
  • Solving Equations
  • Rational numbers
  • Set builder notation
  • Distance-rate-time problems
  • Distributive law
  • Reflexive Law of Equality
  • Proof of the distributive law
  • Coin problems
  • Age problems
  • Transposing
  • Solving systems of equations by elimination
  • Work problems in two unknowns
  • Graphs
  • Plotting points
  • Averages
  • Graphing linear equations
  • Graphing any equation
  • Solving systems of equations by graphing
  • Solving systems of equations by substitution
  • Inconsistent and Dependent systems of equations
  • Factorial function
  • Areas and volumes
  • Commutative laws
  • Negative exponents
  • Multiplying polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equations by factoring
  • Common factors factoring
  • Easy trinomial factoring
  • Difference of squares factoring
  • Grouping factoring
  • Harder trinomial factoring
  • Solving fractional equations
  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions
  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
  • Solving pure quadratic equations
  • Square roots
  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Real numbers
  • Irrational numbers
  • Fractional Exponents
  • Solving radical equations
  • Rationalizing the denominator
  • Quadratic equations in everyday life
  • Solving quadratic equations by completing the square
  • Quadratic formula
  • Long division of polynomials
  • Functions
  • Slope
  • Finding slope of a line from its equation
  • Slope-intercept form of a line
  • Range of a function
  • Fast way to graph y = mx + b
  • Fahrenheit-Celsius conversions
  • Graphing inequalities
  • Why you can’t divide by zero
  • Absolute value
  • Solving inequalities in one unknown

Hardback, ISBN 978-0-937032-11-1, 544 pages

Click here to view sample pages.  To order the second book in the Life of Fred - High School Series click here.

Book Title Life of Fred - Beginning Algebra Expanded Edition (High School Series)
Publisher: Z Twist Books - Life of Fred
Author Stan Schmidt

The first book in the Life of Fred High School Series


Life of Fred is a series of math books that break the old pattern of drill and kill. Instead of nothing but dry exposition and endless drill exercises, they contain fun stories about Fred Gauss, a child prodigy math genius. During his hilarious adventures, he encounters situations that call for solving math problems. Dr. Stanley Schmidt wrote these to make math come alive with humor, clear explanations, and silly illustrations that will make math a fun subject. Your children actually want to read these books. The stories carry on through the exercises, leading the student through them.  Many of the books have a series of quizzes called Bridges every few chapters. Passing a quiz means the student is ready for the next chapter. Some books have all the problem solutions in them, while others have separate answer keys or companions. The textbooks are all hardbound, the answer keys are comb-bound.

This program relies on reading comprehension and thinking and are non-consumable. You will not find 30 problems on every page of rote spoon-fed learning that is quickly forgotten.  This is totally different, a new way of learning math, and everything you need is in the book. As a parent, you will quickly pick up on the novel way as you read along and learn with your student.  Books available for grades K - 12.

In five days of Fred’s life, every aspect of beginning algebra pops up in our hero’s life.

  • What it takes to get drafted into the army at age 6
  • New milkshake marketing techniques
  • About enjambment in the colonel’s library
  • . . . and algebra

All of the first-year high school algebra.

  • Finite/Infinite Numbers
  • Natural numbers
  • Whole numbers
  • Integers
  • Adding signed numbers
  • Ratios
  • Multiplying signed numbers
  • Proportions
  • Inequalities in the integers
  • Continued Ratios
  • Adding like terms
  •  Rectangles
  • Trapezoids
  • Sectors
  • Symmetric Law of Equality
  • Order of operations
  • Solving Equations
  • Rational numbers
  • Set builder notation
  • Distance-rate-time problems
  • Distributive law
  • Reflexive Law of Equality
  • Proof of the distributive law
  • Coin problems
  • Age problems
  • Transposing
  • Solving systems of equations by elimination
  • Work problems in two unknowns
  • Graphs
  • Plotting points
  • Averages
  • Graphing linear equations
  • Graphing any equation
  • Solving systems of equations by graphing
  • Solving systems of equations by substitution
  • Inconsistent and Dependent systems of equations
  • Factorial function
  • Areas and volumes
  • Commutative laws
  • Negative exponents
  • Multiplying polynomials
  • Solving quadratic equations by factoring
  • Common factors factoring
  • Easy trinomial factoring
  • Difference of squares factoring
  • Grouping factoring
  • Harder trinomial factoring
  • Solving fractional equations
  • Simplifying rational expressions
  • Adding and subtracting rational expressions
  • Multiplying and dividing rational expressions
  • Solving pure quadratic equations
  • Square roots
  • Pythagorean theorem
  • Real numbers
  • Irrational numbers
  • Fractional Exponents
  • Solving radical equations
  • Rationalizing the denominator
  • Quadratic equations in everyday life
  • Solving quadratic equations by completing the square
  • Quadratic formula
  • Long division of polynomials
  • Functions
  • Slope
  • Finding slope of a line from its equation
  • Slope-intercept form of a line
  • Range of a function
  • Fast way to graph y = mx + b
  • Fahrenheit-Celsius conversions
  • Graphing inequalities
  • Why you can’t divide by zero
  • Absolute value
  • Solving inequalities in one unknown

Hardback, ISBN 978-0-937032-11-1, 544 pages

Click here to view sample pages.  To order the second book in the Life of Fred - High School Series click here.