Life of Fred: Kidneys

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Stanley Schmidt

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Kidneys is the first book in the Life of Fred Intermediate Series, which is designed for students who have completed the elementary series books but have not yet completed grade 5.



  • Milliliters
  • Writing Numerals in Checks 
  • Percentages
  • Grams Vs. Ounces
  • Functions
  • Volumes
  • Ounces to Pounds and Ounces
  • Perimeters
  • Definition of an Acre
  • The Calculus Definition of Limit
  • Polar Form of Complex Numbers
  • Exponents
  • The Five Different Solutions to X5 = 32
  • A Quarter after Two
  • Point-Segment-Square-Cube-Tesseract
  • Arithmetic Sequences and Series
  • Preview of the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
  • Descartes' Analytic Geometry
  • Sigma Notation


  • Three Keys to Success
  • Charles Demuth's "I Saw the Figure 5 in Gold"
  • How to Carry Money on the Street
  • Idioms
  • Semibreves
  • Libraries State that Mccoy Comes Before Macdonald
  • Word Problems in Arithmetic
  • The Result of Years of Piano Practice
  • The Great Depression
  • Na + Cl ? NaCl
  • Images of Elements of the Domain
  • The Biggest Error in Thinking
  • What to Do in Life When You Hit a Wall
  • How to Make a Million Dollars in Four Years
  • The Economics of Free Things
  • Scores, Dozens, and Braces
  • Salaries of University Presidents
  • Toiletries for Kids and Older People
  • Physical Exams
  • Ketones and Glucose
  • The Best Use of Leisure Time
  • Why We Have Two Kidneys
  • The Chief Use of Kidneys Is Not to Make Urine
  • Twelve Kinds of Set Theory
  • The Best Time in History to Become a Mathematician
  • Adumbration in Literature
  • The Difference Between the United Kingdom and Great Britain
  • The Four Different Reasons We Speak
  • Why It Is Called a Solstice

Each narrative-based chapter is approximately six pages, and ends with a "Your Turn to Play" segment with three or four questions. Answers are provided on the next page for students to go over themselves after attempting to solve the problems. This book should take approximately one month to complete.

Life of Fred is a unique, complete (not supplemental), math program that uses a highly engaging narrative to teach math without fear and with enjoyment. Students follow the life of Fred Gauss (a math professor who grows up to the age of six), who has many humorous, unlikely, and zany adventures over the course of the curriculum. Math becomes relevant and important because the need for math occurs in Fred's life (and he sees math everywhere). Witty and truly entertaining, these books will engage students in a way unlike any other math program - --while also instilling a solid understanding of the principles of mathematics without an abundance of repetitive drills. This series is perfect for inquisitive students who struggle with the relevance of math, or anyone looking for a creative approach to mathematic thinking!

128 pages, indexed; hardcover, non-consumable textbook with Smyth-sewn binding. Students write their answers on separate paper. Answers are also included in the text and written directly to the student.

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