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Life of Fred--Advanced Algebra Hardcover – 2011
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Life of Fred books provide a self teaching, self contained, comprehensive math program with answers included. The character Fred explains the need for math in everyday life.Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra covers: Ratio, Proportion amp Variation, Radicals, Logarithms, Graphing, Systems of Equations, Conics, Functions, Linear Programming, Partial Fractions, Math Induction, Sequences, Series, Matrices, Permutations amp Combinations.This book is to be used with Fred s Home Companion: Advanced Algebra study guide and answer key. Author: Stanley F. Schmidt Format: 318 pages, hardcover Grade: 10 Publisher: Polka Dot Publishing ISBN: 9780970999528
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I also find some of the plot in Life of Fred to be very odd with the characters awkwardly referring to female chests as "anteriors" as the author dances around the term "breasts". Not to mention why any math book should even be talking about that is beyond me. I guess if I had to say one thing nice about this book is that the kid I'm tutoring enjoys the plot...he pays more attention to the happenings of Fred & Co than the actual math lessons.
In this version, EVERY "city" has the answers to it, which makes it a little harder for me to assign work from it and know for sure that it is being done based on knowledge, and not sneaky sneaky lookaheads. I'd rather have a separate answer book again. On the flip side, at least in chapter 3 (which is as far as we are), pretty much all questions seem to be worked out with full solutions.
I assign one section ending in a "your turn to play" each day, until we get to the cities, where there is a city assigned per day. Unfortunately, the sections seem to vary pretty wildly in their length. I'd rather have them more evenly paced.
There were some nice review sections near the beginning.
We use this to supplement "Math-U-See", which I find to not be challenging enough.
My eighth grader scored 29 on the early ACT when only halfway through the book and w/ o having had the geometry or trig yet.
As a tutor, I have used the Fred trig book successfully to help students who were having difficulty understanding concepts from their curriculum which didn't use Fred( Saxon and Teaching Textbooks).
After completing this (and Geometry), he started Pre-Calc as a freshman in high school.
He got an A in the class.
Dr Schmidt is funny and inspires children to want to learn.
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