# Life of Fred: Logic

# 063932

Our Price: \$49.00
In Stock.
Qty:
Qty:

#### Publisher Description:

Do you think Logic is a dry, boring subject? It's not! Not when Fred teaches it. What other math book has a chapter titled "Stinky Logic?" This book doesn't have bothersome "problems" or strenuous "exercises." It has delightful "puzzles," instead. It has serious mathematical Logic, from the basics to advanced topics.

As usual, Fred has adventures. Duck comes back. Fred is pressured to buy life insurance for his wife (Fred isn't married). Fred "beeps" the nose of 128 lions.

Suitable as a high school text (first six chapters) or as a college text (all 16 chapters).

• Sentences in logic
• Connectives
• Inductive reasoning
• Seventeen logic fallacies
• Predicate logic
• Syllogisms
• Quantifiers
• Proofs in predicate logic
• Direct and indirect proofs
• Set theory as a predicate logic structure
• Axiom systems: consistent, complete, meaningful, independent, and recursive
• Arithmetic model
• Gdel numbering of symbols, sentences, and proofs
• Proof of the Diagonal Lemma
• Gdels Completeness theorem
• Gdels two Incompleteness theorems and their proofs
• Many puzzles and their complete solutions

Even before we had a description of this math program on our website or in our catalog, we had many, many inquiries about it (and a goodly number of sales). Is it the name? Is it the concept of a small, pointy-nosed 5-year old teaching Calculus at Kittens University? Is it the outrageous storyline? Or are people desperate for another approach to math? Although I was the one who reviewed and decided to carry this program, I was initially skeptical about its scope. After all, much of the text was given over to following the Life of Fred, with all the strange humor and unlikely scenarios that go along with it. In fact, that's part of the attraction for a student who really doesn't enjoy math (yes, I have one of those). So, could the course possibly have the content that a more traditional text (like Saxon) has? Moreover, what type of person would actually use this course, as entertaining and whimsical as it is (if you can think whimsy and Calculus in one thought). Well, after using Life of Fred for Beginning Algebra and reading through most of the Fractions book, I think I can answer some of these questions.

First, Fred IS the unlikely mathematician in all of us. Despite his youth and other cards stacked against him (you'll have to read the books to understand this), Fred is amazingly successful as a math professor. Why? It's because he finds math so intriguing, entertaining, and downright USEFUL in everyday life (his life, the Life of Fred). Why, math is everywhere in the world of Fred - and no matter how things are going, he can always see the math in it.

Then, there's the psychology of Fred. You want to help the little guy. I mean, he's smart, but so innocent, kind, helpful, endearing - small, helpless, underweight (why, when he was erroneously inducted into the army, they had to use a little cup instead of a helmet for his uniform!). Clearly the underdog in many situations, Fred has ended up in the hospital in both books I've read - even though one injury was accidental. But I digress. You do get wrapped up in the Life of Fred. And because you're rooting for him and concerned about him, you kind of get taken up in the math that pervades his thoughts. No matter how tough the Life of Fred gets, he always has time to explain the finer points of math to those needy souls around him. Don't get me wrong, Fred has plenty of fun, too. He always makes the best of things and has some great student/friends at Kittens who also seem to need math in their everyday lives...

As a teacher, I have obviously enjoyed this course. But my daughter, Janine, has never had the innate appreciation for math that I do. Let's ask her what she thought (or thinks - we still have 14 lessons to go!). Here are her comments on Life of Fred Beginning Algebra as serious as it needs to be:

"I love Life of Fred because of, well, Fred! But also because this is the most creative math course I've ever seen. When I first looked at the math course, the thing that made me excited (besides the story) was not seeing millions of problems. Just a few, thought-provoking and even funny ones. In the lesson book, you'll only have one small page, then you can be done. The Cities don't even have that many problems. But they are all worth your time and un-repetitive, and most inspire a challenge or are a little puzzle. Mom didn't think it would be a full-fledged math course. But the more we've worked through it, I've seen that it's quite a bit harder and requires more thinking. No wonder it's been put on some "gifted" lists. Moving along... .the writing is HILARIOUS! It's almost like Stanley Schmidt and I have the same sense of humor sometimes. I've read Fractions and most of Begininng Algebra and enjoyed both immensely. It's a ridiculous, bizarre little series, which makes me love it all the more! My brother likes it so much he showed it to his college friends... and of course they all laughed. The characters are amazing, and the illustrations (especially of Fred) are priceless. Stanley even has a little fun subtly (and not so subtly) teasing movies, doctors, math books and a whole myriad of things, and he has never failed at amusing me. Math was my most hated subject. And while I can't say that I had a complete turnaround and wake up every morning saying "YAY! I get to do math today! Wheeeeee!" I can say that Life of Fred has taken all the dullness out, keeps me captivated, and injected a lot of fun. I'd call it an art piece, if a math book can be an art piece. An amazing, amazing series, even more so considering we're talking about a math course."

Well, there you have it - from teacher and student. Who says math can't be entertaining?

Category Description for Life of Fred:

Life of Fred (LOF) is an unconventional series of math texts that seem accessible and friendly, especially for students who dislike traditional programs. According to Dr. Schmidt, the author, this series is designed to teach you the math you need to know without repetition, redundancy, and a multitude of problems to work. LOF follows the storyline of Fred's life while incorporating solid math concepts and skills. Motivated or independent students will appreciate this series, as well as gifted math students who might need a challenge. Written to the student and intended to be self-teaching, the author prefers that students use these with very little help from you, so they can learn to study and understand on their own. Even the solutions (found in the text) are addressed to the student. In fact, there's a lot of actual instruction in the solutions, which students should read after trying to solve problems on their own. Math in a story context can sometimes make more sense to students than stand-alone math concepts - especially if it's an entertaining story! Students do two books per year up through pre-algebra; beginning with algebra, one book per year.

Category Description for COMPREHENSIVE PROGRAMS - ALL GRADES:

Primary Subject
Mathematics
9
ISBN
9781937032555
Format
Hardcover
Brand Name
Z-twist Books
Weight
1.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
10.25" x 7.19" x 0.62"
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 23 answers
Why did you choose this?
Rainbow Resource Center Store
Interested in an engaging, introduction to logic for elementary and middle school student. LofF Logic seems interesting. I have other logic books that are geared toward older ages but want to try this out for elementary and middle schoolers.
on Jun 10, 2021
I spotted the Life of Fred Logic while browsing the logic category and decided I would try it along with my purchase of the Life of Fred Elementary Package.
on Feb 16, 2021
Interested in an engaging, introduction to logic for elementary and middle school student. LofF Logic seems interesting. I have other logic books that are geared toward older ages but want to try this out for elementary and middle schoolers.
on Jun 10, 2021
Looking for good summery of both logic and logical fallacies
on Apr 29, 2021
Looking for good summery of both logic and logical fallacies
on Apr 29, 2021
My kids love LoF and I enjoy it too!
on Oct 9, 2020
could you call this formal logic on a transcript?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can, but understanding of the subject would be greatly enhanced by adding a (parent or other) teacher who can explain the concepts in addition to the text.
5.0 / 5.0
2 Reviews
5 Stars
4 Stars
3 Stars
2 Stars
1 Star
2
0
0
0
0
Rated 5 out of 5
My 16 year old is enjoying learning the language and challenges of logic. It’s been a while, but it reminds me of a college math class I took. Of course, Fred makes it more enjoyable!
June 27, 2021
Purchased
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
We love Life of Fred!! It's definitely our favorite curriculum.
October 13, 2019
Purchased
over 3 years ago

help desk software