Life of Fred: Mineshaft

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Stanley Schmidt

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Mineshaft is the third 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.



  • Milligrams and Pounds
  • Rounding Numbers
  • Three-eights of 19,416
  • Less Than
  • Fractions
  • Exponents
  • Extending the Domain of a Function
  • Right Angles
  • Inverse Operations
  • Measuring Units
  • Percentage / Discounts
  • Division by 100
  • Subtracting oz. From lbs. & oz.
  • Subtracting Minutes & Seconds 
  • Subtracting Gallons & Quarts 
  • Three Definitions of Diameter
  • Subtracting Feet from Miles
  • Converting Inches into Feet
  • ºF = ºC | Fahrenheit to Celsius Conversions
  • Functions
  • Perpendicular Lines
  • Sectors


  • The Number of Stars in a Typical Galaxy
  • What to Do with Eleven Hours of Free Time Each Day
  • Post Meridiem
  • What Piece of Leather Made Feudalism Possible
  • Diminutives
  • Silent Letters
  • Rhombus
  • Cardinality of Sets
  • Most Horses Achieve Few Outstanding Things in Life
  • the Reason to Learn the Greek Alphabet
  • Square Knots
  • How Concrete Is Different than Cement
  • Prolix vs. Laconic
  • Freedom vs. Liberty
  • Italicizing Book Titles
  • Broiling vs. Pan Frying
  • Freud, Skinner, and Maslow
  • the Four Types of Sentences
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Pangolins
  • Mammals
  • Questions People Have at Different Stages in Life
  • Why You Won’t Bump into Moby Dick in Kansas
  • Does x < y Imply y > x?
  • Indications Your Daughter Will Become an English Major

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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