Life Of Fred Math

Life of Fred Math books are a great way to do math from about 5th grade through 12th grade, even into adulthood!

My kids love to pick these books up and read about Fred and his very interesting adventures. Each math book is written like a story, with the math concepts woven into one day in the life of Fred.

The thing I like best about these books is that they teach math in a very practical style. The problems that are included are actually ones that you might encounter in your everyday life!

I got through Calculus in my math "career" but never really understood why I was doing a lot of what I had to do. Reading these books made me understand many of these concepts.

I also like that the author throws in a lot of other "random" knowledge. It's kind of like a unit study concept for math.

These books lend themselves to the students working on their own. They read the chapter and then have a chance to try out what they've learned. They really only need parental involvement if they run into something they just can't understand. I've used this series for a number of years now and have found this to be true. My kids have become quite self-directed in their math studies and I just follow up with them on tests to make sure they are understanding the concepts.

On top of all those good things, Life of Fred books are also very affordable and can be purchased directly through this website.

NOTE:  I love these math books, but with the small quantity that I sell it is not really financially beneficial for me to keep carrying them.  For that reason I will not be ordering any NEW stock of the books but I would love to sell off the inventory I have left.  Beside each book is the quantity that I have available.  If you can help me out by buying one of the books I have left in stock that would be greatly appreciated.  I will remove the "Add to Cart" button as I run out of stock.  Thank you!!!

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IL residents will need to pay 7.25% sales tax.

At this time, I will only ship to locations within the United States and its territories.

Before High School Books

The author recommends NOT starting these two books before the 5th grade.

Life of Fred: Fractions Less Than, Billion, Cardinal and Ordinal Numbers, Diameter and Radius, Savings and Expenses, Definition of a Fraction, Sectors, Comparing Fractions, Reducing Fractions, Adding and Subtracting Fractions, Common Denominators, Roman Numerals, Least Common Multiples, Improper Fractions, Lines of Symmetry, Division by Zero, Circumference, Multiplying Mixed Numbers, Commutative Law, Canceling, Definition of a Function, Area, Unit Analysis, Division of Fractions, Geometric Figures, Estimating Answers. ISBN: 978-0-9709995-9-7, hardback, 192 pages.


Life of Fred: Decimals and Percents Number Systems, Adding and Subtracting Decimals, Multiplying by Ten, Functions and Inverse Functions, Pi, Multiplying Decimals, Whole Numbers, Squaring a Number, Subtracting Mixed Units, Sets and Subsets, Union and Intersection of Sets, Rules of Divisibility, Division of Decimals, Repeating Decimals, Bar Graphs, Prime and Composite Numbers, Consecutive Numbers, the Goldbach Conjecture, Area of a Circle, Dollars vs. Cents, Pie Charts, Conversion between Percents/ Fractions/ Decimals, 40% of 15, 30% off, Distance Equals Rate Times Time, 15% more, Area of a Triangle, Square Roots, Area of a Parallelogram, 13 Is What Percent of 52, Ratio, Ordered Pairs, Graphing, Negative Numbers, Elapsed Time, Probability.
ISBN: 978-0-9791072-0-7, hardback, 192 pages.


These next three books are usually done in the Middle School years.

Elementary Physics  Numerals, Making models, Nineteen conversion factor problems, Area of a rectangle, Friction independent of speed, Constants of Proportionality, Exact speed of light, Continuous and discrete variables, Story of the meter, Pendulums, Oblate spheroids, Krypton vs. kryptonite, Square roots, Pilgrims in Massachusetts in 1620, Hard c and soft c, Normal forces, Coefficient of friction, Solving d = rt for r, How ducks pronounce mu, Graphing points, Ordered pairs, Why rocks stop falling, Hunch-conjecture-theory-law, Simultaneity doesn’t exist, Inductive and deductive reasoning, How fossils and astronomy are connected, Hooke’s law, Four ways to stretch a spring, Three meanings of plastic, Static vs. kinetic friction, Nine forms of energy, Energy Cards game, Calamari spaghetti, Poetry of Christina Rossetti, Most filmed spot in the world, Getting grass stains out of pants, Experimentally finding the coefficient of static friction without knowing the weight of the object, How you know you have a liver, Resolving a vector into its components, Addition of vectors, Similar triangles, Slope, Physicists think that there isn’t any work in holding a bowling ball, Kelvin temperature, Law of conservation of energy, Perpetual motion machines, Kilowatt-hours, Photosynthesis, Metric system, Gregorian calendar, Two ways to measure mass, Definition of pi, Inertia, Newton’s first and second laws, Why cramming doesn’t work well, Definition of pressure, Exponents, Density of neutron stars, Computing the mass of an iron atom, Cavalieri’s principle, Pressure at a given depth, Special glass in auto windshields, Buoyancy, Finding the volume of a desk lamp, 80-pound rubber ducky, Official rules of golf, Advantages of cerebrospinal fluid, Air has mass, Why 35-foot straws don’t work, You are alive because ice floats, Gedankenexperiments, How water fountains work, Elliptical constructions, Galvani and dead frogs that twitch, Birds sitting on high-voltage power lines, How to buy a cafe, Placing question marks at the end of a quotation, Schematic drawings in electrical circuits, Electrons per second in an ampere, Why we wear clothes on days ending in y, Ohm’s law, Batteries in series, Computing resistance in parallel circuits, Dangers of electricity—Thomas Merton, Museums in New York City, History of the atom: Democritus, Isaac Newton, Henri Becquerel, J. J. Thomson, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, Principal quantum number, Arnold Sommerfeld, Louis de Broglie, C. J. Divisson and L. H. Germer, Orbital quantum number, Orbital magnetic quantum number, Spin magnetic quantum number, Wolfgang Pauli, Werner Heisenberg, Paul Dirac, Carl David Anderson, Positron.
ISBN: 978-1-937032-05-0, hardback, 288 pages


Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology Definition of Life, Sets, Fractions, Germination of Seeds, Area of a Rectangle, Volume of a Cube, Ordinal Numbers, Diameter and Circumference of a Circle, Definition of π, 2% of 500, Four Ways Plants Make New Plants, d = rt, 20% Discount, the Five Kingdoms, Phyla, Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, Species, Your Brain, Conversion Factors, Where the Non-Water Mass of a Plant Comes From—Plants Don’t Eat Dirt, Subsets of Sets, Digestion, Eyes, Negative Numbers, Dominant Genes, Genotypes, Phenotypes, Blood, Staying Alive, Solving Algebraic Equations, Volume of a Cylinder, Word Problems, Breathing, Chlorophyll vs. Hemoglobin vs. Hemocyanin, Avogadro’s Number, Stoichiometry, the Whole Numbers, a Proof that Division by Zero is Not Permitted, Bones, the Integumentary System, Epidermis and Dermis, Meiosis and Mitosis, Chromosomes, DNA, Alleles, Changing Your Phenotype. ISBN: 978-0-9791072-2-1, hardback, 288 pages.


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Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics Domain and codomain of a function, Conversion factors, Steps in Solving Word Problems, How Not to Bore Your Horse If You Are a Jockey, One-to-one Functions, Unit Analysis, Key to a Successful Business, Five Qualities that Money Should Have, the Tulip Mania in Holland, Definitions of Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism, Payday Loans, the Tragedy of the Commons, Partnerships, Cardinality of a Set, Four Ways to Kill Competition, Freedom vs. Liberty, Why We Have a High Standard of Living, Tariffs, Demand Curves, Venn Diagrams, Ricardo’s Law of Comparative Advantage. ISBN: 978-0-9791072-3-8, hardback, 288 pages. $29

High School Books

Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra

Numbers, Integers, Equations, Motion & Mixture, Two Unknowns, Exponents, Factoring, Fractions, Square Roots, Quadratic Equations, Functions & Slope, Inequalities & Absolute Value. ISBN: 978-0-9709995-1-1, hardback, 320 pages.

Fred’s Home Companion: Beginning Algebra Divides Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra into daily lessons. (A study guide) Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra answer key. Many more beginning algebra problems.
ISBN: 978-0-9709995-6-6, hardback, 128 pages.


Zillions of Practice Problems for Beginning Algebra Need a lot of practice or stuck on a particular kind of problem? This book has been requested by many readers. Keyed directly to the chapters and topics of Life of Fred: Beginning Algebra. Each problem worked out in complete detail. Eleven mixture word problems are each worked out step by step, often using a whole page of explanation for each problem. Thirteen quadratic equations solved by completing the square. Thirteen examples of two equations with two unknowns solved by the elimination method. This book is mandatory for those who need it. The Zillions of Practice Problems Slogan: If your cat can work through all the problems in this book, your cat can teach Beginning Algebra at any school in the nation. ISBN: 978-0-937032-04-3, hardback, 272 pages.


Advanced Algebra Ratio, Proportion & Variation, Radicals, Logarithms, Graphing, Systems of Equations, Conics, Functions, Linear Programming, Partial Fractions, Math Induction, Sequences, Series, Matrices, Permutations & Combinations. ISBN: 978-0-9709995-2-8, hardback, 318 pages. 

Fred’s Home Companion: Advanced Algebra

Divides Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra into daily lessons. (A study guide) Life of Fred: Advanced Algebra answer key. Many more advanced algebra problems.

ISBN: 978-0-9709995-7-3, hardback, 128 pages.


Geometry Points and Lines, Angles, Triangles, Parallel Lines, Perpendicular Lines, Quadrilaterals, Area, Similar Triangles, Symbolic Logic, Right Triangles, Circles, Constructions, Non-Euclidean Geometry, Solid Geometry, Geometry in Four Dimensions, Coordinate Geometry, Flawless (Modern) Geometry. ISBN: 978-0-9709995-4-2, hardback, 542 pages.


Life of Fred: Trigonometry Sines, Cosines and Tangents, Graphing, Significant Digits, Trig Functions of Any Angle, Trig Identities,
Graphing a sin b(x + c), Radian Measurement, Conditional Trig Equations, Functions of Two Angles, Oblique Triangles, Inverse Trig Functions, Polar Coordinates, Polar Form of Complex Numbers, Re view of the major parts of high school algebra and a preview of all of Calculus. ISBN: 978-0-9709995-3-5, hardback, 320 pages.

Fred’s Home Companion: Trigonometry Divides Life of Fred: Trigonometry into daily lessons. (A study guide) Life of Fred: Trigonometry answer key. Many more trigonometry problems.
ISBN: 978-0-9709995-8-0, hardback, 128 pages.

The above two books should be paired together!


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Calculus Functions, Limits, Speed, Slope, Derivatives, Concavity, Trig, Related Rates, Curvature, Integrals, Area, Work, Centroids, Logs, Conics, Infinite Series, Solids of Revolution, Polar Coordinates, Hyperbolic Trig, Vectors, Partial Derivatives, Double Integrals, Vector Calculus, Differential Equations. (Two years of college calculus.) ISBN: 978-0-9709995-0-4, hardback, 544 pages. $39

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Calculus Answer key, paper, $6

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