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Life of Fred--Advanced Algebra Hardcover – 2002

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Polka Dot Publishing (2002)
  • ISBN-10: 0970999526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970999528
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By KDC on May 31, 2012
Format: Hardcover
We switched to LIfe of Fred after Abeka and TeachingTextbooks, My daughter (15) is finally understanding the math concepts instead of just regurgitating formulae. I have in my homeschool library a set of Bob Jones Algebra and have periodically pulled test problems out for my dd to do and she gets it every time. I did this because there were some comments here on Amazon that hinted that the author skipped material, not only have I found that to be untrue but I have also found that the author explains more than a standard text. as for the comment about inappropriate material, I have read up through advanced algebra and geometry and have found absolutely nothing of questionable content.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brady D. Thompson on August 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This was an interesting and fun book that my kids loved, it made doing Math fun. Dr. Schmidt's approach to teaching math is both innovative and fun.
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By Rizwan Uqaili on June 8, 2015
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10 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Edgar Corral on July 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book with high expectations, but upon reading the first few pages, I found myself bewildered by the author's shallow explanations of the concepts. He introduces direct variation in the first chapter without even explaining what direct variation is; like most textbooks, he merely regurgitates the formula. Almost immediately after he throws a problem about joint variation, and expects the student to know what joint variation is without even having expanded on direct variation. This will leave the student slightly dazed.

Like most textbooks, he never addresses the field axioms, and he doesn't develop mathematics as a logical system. Ironic, given that towards the latter chapters he expounds on how advanced mathematics is akin to a Biblical new beginning, where math is less computation, and more derivation. He slightly gives a glimpse of this "new beginning" when he touches on mathematical induction, but again, nothing but a shallow overview of the subject.

It could be that his books are designed for younger children, and most children don't have the cognitive maturity to absorb mathematics on a slightly more advanced level. But this is precisely why introducing very young students to high school mathematics is a bad idea; it's best to allow children to build a reservoir of mathematical knowledge through rote memorization, so that they'll be able to absorb more advanced topics at a higher cognitive level.

For a solid introduction to advanced Algebra, I would recommend either Paul Foerster's Algebra and Trigonometry or Mary Dolciani's Algebra and Trigonometry (although I prefer Foerster!).
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4 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Anon on June 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
It's a shame the author chooses to put inappropriate content in his books. Unfortunately, my kids have gained an "education" beyond mathematics. I have to read the book beforehand and either remove pages or use a sharpie to clean the text. Unfortunately, I don't always have the time to do so, so I don't buy as many of Schmidt's books as I would like. Please respect the innocence of children!!
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