This widely used text/workbook, teaches the practical mathematics essential to the building construction and carpentry trades. The book features short units that begin with a brief explanation of an important math principle followed by straightforward explanations and examples that are worked out in detail so you can see first-hand how to perform the functions involved. Basic mathematical problems relevant to the construction trade are accompanied by clear-cut illustrations and together give you the opportunity to apply and practice math principles common to carpentry.
From the Preface
- Based on realistic carpentry problems, including modern construction materials and practices.
- Includes integrated coverage of simple 4-function calculator use in solving math problems.
- Starts with basic arithmetic operations and progresses to compound problems applied in light-frame construction.
- Easy-to-understand explanations for all the math principles carpenters are likely to encounter in the field.
Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters is part of a series of Practical Problems books, each focusing on a particular craft or occupation. Each of these books is made up of short units with a brief explanation of a mathematical principle followed by problems involving the user in the math principle as it applies to the particular occupation. This time-tested approach has been found to help the student build an understanding of the necessary mathematics and develop vocabulary for the trade. Use of Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters before or with the study of carpentry will help the student succeed in the study of his or her core carpentry textbook.
Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters uses a step-by-step approach, beginning with the most basic arithmetic, so no student will be left behind. Many students will not need to study the first few units and work the problems in them, but the instructor is encouraged to provide opportunities for all students to use these basic units to build a foundation for the rest of the course. Examples are included with the explanations of basic principles. By reading the explanation of the principle and finding where each principle or operation is used in the examples, you will be prepared to solve all of the problems in the unit.
Changes in the eighth edition of Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters include updating construction practices to make the book more relevant to today's carpenters. A few errors that existed in the seventh edition have been corrected in this edition.
Preface. Section 1 Whole Numbers
Unit 1: Addition to Whole Numbers; Unit 2: Subtraction of Whole Numbers; Unit 3: Multiplication of Whole Numbers; Unit 4: Division of Whole Numbers; Unit 5: Combined Operations with Whole Numbers. Section 2 Common Fractions
Unit 6: Addition of Common Fractions; Unit 7: Subtraction of Common Fractions; Unit 8: Multiplication of Common Fractions; Unit 9: Division of Common Fractions; Unit 10: Combined Operations with Common Fractions. Section 3 Decimal Fractions
Unit 11: Addition of Decimal Fractions; Unit 12: Subtraction of Decimal Fractions; Unit 13: Multiplication of Decimal Fractions; Unit 14: Division of Decimal Fractions; Unit 15: Expressing Common Fractions and Mixed Numbers as Decimals. Section 4 Percent and Percentage
Uniit 16: Simple Percent and Percentage; Unit 17: Interest; Unit 18: Discounts. Section 5 Measurment: Direct and Computed
Unit 19: Linear Measure; Unit 20: Working with Feet and Inches; Unit 21: Square Measure; Unit 22: Surface measurement, Triangles; Unit 23: The Framing Square; Unit 24: Surface Measurement , Irregular Figures; Unit 25: Surface Measurement, Circles; Unit 26: volume Measurement, Cubes and Rectangular Solids; Unit 27: Board Measure; Unit 28: Volume Measurement; Unit 29: Weight Measure. Section 6 Powers and Roots
Unit 30: Applications of Exponents in Formulas; Unit 31: Using Square Root to Find Sides of Right Triangles.
About the Authors
Mark W Huth
brings many years of experience in the industry to this book, having worked as a carpenter, contractor, and a building construction teacher. His career has allowed him to consult with hundreds of construction educators in high schools, colleges, and universities. Mark has written several other construction titles, including Understanding Construction Drawings.
experience as a high school mathematics teacher and his decades as a roofer and cabinetmaker prepared him to help students overcome their fear of mathematics and succeed in this fundamental area of study. As a cabinetmaker, he had to solve all kinds of mathematical problems, and his knowledge is apparent in Practical Problems in Mathematics for Carpenters.