** Life of Fred Getting Ready for High School Pre-Algebra Series** is designed for students who have completed the elementary, intermediate, and arithmetic series books. Most students who use this series are in middle school.

There are three books in Pre-Algebra Series, available individually or in a set:

**1. Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 0 with Physics**** **(Sample Pages)

Fred does physics before algebra.

Learn . . .

- How ducks and cows pronounce µ differently
- Why no one can weigh 55 kilograms
- How Kingie could move a safe that superman couldn't

. . . and even some 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
- Square roots
- Normal forces
- Coefficient of friction
- Solving d = rt for r
- 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
- Three meanings of plastic
- Static vs. kinetic friction
- Nine forms of energy
- Energy Cards game
- Experimentally finding the coefficient of static friction without knowing the weight of the object
- 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
- Definition of pressure
- Exponents
- Density of neutron stars
- Computing the mass of an iron atom
- Cavalieri's principle
- Pressure at a given depth
- Buoyancy
- Finding the volume of a desk lamp
- Air has mass
- Why 35-foot straws don't work
- Gedankenexperiments
- Elliptical constructions
- Galvani and dead frogs that twitch
- Schematic drawings in electrical circuits
- Electrons per second in an ampere
- Ohm's law
- Batteries in series
- Computing resistance in parallel circuits
- Dangers of electricity—Thomas Merton
- History of the atom
- Principal quantum number
- Orbital quantum number
- Orbital magnetic quantum number
- Spin magnetic quantum number
- Positron

**2. Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 1 with Biology** (Sample Pages)

A spring morning in Fred's life. Find out about...

• What it takes to run a shopping mall

• How to ask for oats in Scotland

• The correct way to deliver flowers to a hospital patient

and even some algebra and biology, including...

- 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 ?
- 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

**3. Life of Fred: Pre-Algebra 2 with Economics** (Sample Pages)

Fred begins his summer vacation. Learn...

• How to get rid of snakes in sugar cane fields

• The difference between freedom and liberty

• How not to bore your horse if you are a jockey

• Why Fred couldn't be a movie star

and even some algebra and economics, including...

- Domain and codomain of a function
- Conversion factors
- Steps in Solving Word Problems
- One-to-one Functions, Unit Analysis
- Key to a Successful Business
- Five Qualities that Money Should Have
- Definitions of Capitalism, Socialism, and Communism
- Payday Loans
- Interest Rates
- 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