Life of Fred: Chemistry-Human Face Chemistry

Life of Fred: Chemistry-Human Face Chemistry

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ISBN: 9781937032197
Grades: 10-AD

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Have you been longing for a high school science course written like the Life of Fred math curriculum? Story format? Tongue in cheek humor? Cute little sidebar comments and rabbit trails that keep you reading? Dr. Stanley Schmidt has done it Life of Fred Chemistry! Get your high school credit for chemistry in a very non-traditional way. The goal of Dr. Schmidt's chemistry course is to teach you the "really basic stuff such as the chemical symbol for carbon is C and that organic compounds are those that contain carbon because to be a "well-educated adult, you probably don't need to learn what a racemic mixture means.

The story begins at the chem lab down the hall from Fred's math class when Joe didn't follow proper lab safety and gets hurt (I don't want to give away too much of the story). Through this scenario, students will learn about lab safety and the story proceeds from there as students learn about the size of gold atoms; weighing an atom; mass vs. weight; standard temperature; mole; scientific method and much more as the story unfolds.

There are 36 short chapters and each concludes with Your Turn to Play. This is a set of questions (including math problems) to make sure you understand each chapter's concepts. Complete solutions are found on the reverse side of the Your Turn to Play page. Note: there are no tests or labs to accompany this course. If you really want to do this course but need it to be a lab science, you could add the MicroChem Experiment Lab Kit (#020028). This self-contained lab kit comes with the chemicals needed and complete instructions (since no labs come in the Life of Fred Chemistry text). If you feel confident in your lab abilities, you could add the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments (#027801) or 150 Captivating Chemistry Experiments Using Household Substances (#005436). Either of these books would allow you to add labs using familiar substances rather than hard-to-access chemicals. Dr. Schmidt recommends the use of a scientific calculator with the keys sin, cos, log, and ln. These are inexpensive calculators and we have one in the Rainbow Resource inventory that meets his key' recommendation, #041918.

Algebra is always a prerequisite to doing chemistry; this course is no exception. The math begins on page 1 of the text with simplifying algebra equations. The math isn't heavy, but you need to know your algebraic functions. Dr. Schmidt says that you need enough beginning algebra to understand basic algebra concepts.

Dr. Schmidt believes that if chemistry is taught right, it can be a lot of fun! Do this as your stand-alone chemistry (with lab supplementation if desired) or read it alongside your chemistry curriculum to add that humorous element and have fun! ~ Donna

Category Description for CHEMISTRY:

Homeschool Chemistry Curriculum, Workbooks, Lab Materials, Kits, Games, and Chemistry Lab Supplies




Primary Subject
Science
Grade Start
10
Grade End
AD
ISBN
9781937032197
Format
Hardcover
Brand Name
Polka Dot Publishing
Weight
1.5 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.25" x 7.5" x 0.75"
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My daughter has taken another chemistry course this school year, but doesn't feel like she fully grasps the material. She requested this book to supplement her chemistry knowledge and understanding.
P B on Feb 11, 2018
It looks like a very basic chemistry course, which is what we need.
Tammy O on Sep 7, 2017
My daughter has taken another chemistry course this school year, but doesn't feel like she fully grasps the material. She requested this book to supplement her chemistry knowledge and understanding.
P B on Feb 11, 2018
For my non-text book child to do some chemistry.
Cynthia D on Jan 30, 2018
It looks like a very basic chemistry course, which is what we need.
Tammy O on Sep 7, 2017
We have used several Life of Fred books for math and language arts. When I told my grandson that there was a Chemistry book, he asked me to order it! Why would I not order something my teenager wants!
Karen R on Jun 21, 2017
My son likes the sense of humor in the math books.
Suzette P on Apr 12, 2017
Having done some research, I decided this book might work well for our 10th grader who is not a fan of science.
Ted C on Jul 18, 2016
To meet a Chemistry requirement for college
Rhonda A on Mar 2, 2016
We love Life of Fred books. This focuses on the mathematical part of Chemistry and less on the experiments. We chose Steve Spangler's books for the experiment part and used "Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments" for reference.
Stephanie S on Feb 22, 2016
For my non-text book child to do some chemistry.
Cynthia D on Jan 30, 2018
We have used several Life of Fred books for math and language arts. When I told my grandson that there was a Chemistry book, he asked me to order it! Why would I not order something my teenager wants!
Karen R on Jun 21, 2017
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too simplistic
I've never used a Life of Fred product, but I've certainly heard good things, so I thought I'd give this a try for my teen who doesn't love science. While the workload is quite light, there's just not enough explanation for the concepts, especially for the questions/problems at the end. After a few weeks, we put it aside and switched to another curriculum. Wish we had liked it.
November 5, 2015
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over 4 years ago
very enjoyable
My daughter was dragging her feet when it was time to do chemistry until we switched to Life of Fred Chemisty. Now the whole family likes to listen to the chapters. I took many chemistry classes in college and I love the way this book approaches problems. The author seems to convey an almost childlike wonder about chemistry. I have really started enjoying chemistry for the first time with this book.
October 28, 2015
Purchased
over 4 years ago

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