Mathematics for the Trades A Guided Approach

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  • Edition: 11th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-01-01
  • Publisher: Pearson

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For Basic Math, Math for the Trades, Occupational Math, and similar basic math skills courses servicing trade or technical programs at the undergraduate/graduate level.

A solid foundation in the math needed for a wide range of technical and vocational trades

Mathematics for the Trades: A Guided Approach is the leader in trades and occupational mathematics, equipping students with the math skills required for allied health, electrical trades, automotive trades, plumbing, construction, and many more – particularly in the physical trades. The math concepts are presented completely within the context of practical on-the-job applications, so students can make an impact on the job from day one. Authentic applications give students relevant, tangible mathematical examples that they are likely to encounter in future careers.

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Table of Contents


How to Use This Book

1. Arithmetic of Whole Numbers


1-1 Reading, Writing, Rounding, and Adding Whole Numbers 

1-2 Subtraction of Whole Numbers

1-3 Multiplication of Whole Numbers

1-4 Division of Whole Numbers

1-5 Order of Operations


Problem Set

Using a Calculator, I: Whole-Number Calculations

2. Fractions


2-1 Working with Fractions

2-2 Multiplication of Fractions

2-3 Division of Fractions

2-4 Addition and Subtraction of Fractions


Problem Set

Using a Calculator, II: Fractions

3. Decimal Numbers


3-1 Addition and Subtraction of Decimal Numbers

3-2 Multiplication and Division of Decimal Numbers

3-3 Decimal Fractions


Problem Set

Using a Calculator, III: Decimals

4. Ratio, Proportion, and Percent


4-1 Ratio and Proportion

4-2 Special Applications of Ratio and Proportion

4-3 Introduction to Percent

4-4 Percent Problems

4-5 Special Applications of Percent Calculations


Problem Set

5. Measurement


5-1 Working with Measurement Numbers

5-2 U.S. Customary Units and Unit Conversion

5-3 Metric Units

5-4 Metric—U.S. Customary Conversions

5-5 Direct Measurements


Problem Set

6. Pre-Algebra


6-1 Addition of Signed Numbers

6-2 Subtraction of Signed Numbers

6-3 Multiplication and Division of Signed Numbers

6-4 Exponents and Square Roots


Problem Set

7. Basic Algebra


7-1 Algebraic Language and Formulas

7-2 Adding and Subtracting Algebraic Expressions

7-3 Solving Simple Equations

7-4 Solving Two-Operation Equations

7-5 Solving More Equations and Solving Formulas

7-6 Solving Word Problems

7-7 Multiplying and Dividing Algebraic Expressions

7-8 Scientific Notation


Problem Set

8. Practical Plane Geometry


8-1 Angle Measurement

8-2 Perimeter of Polygons and Area of Quadrilaterals

8-3 Triangles, Regular Hexagons, and Irregular Polygons

8-4 Circles


Problem Set

9. Solid Figures


9-1 Prisms

9-2 Pyramids and Frustums of Pyramids

9-3 Cylinders and Spheres

9-4 Cones and Frustums of Cones


Problem Set

10. Triangle Trigonometry


10-1 Angles and Right Triangles

10-2 Trigonometric Ratios

10-3 Solving Right Triangles

10-4 Oblique Triangles


Problem Set

11. Intermediate Algebra


11-1 Systems of Equations

11-2 Quadratic Equations


Problem Set

12. Statistics


12-1 Reading and Constructing Graphs

12-2 Measures of Central Tendency

12-3 Measures of Dispersion


Problem Set

Answers to Previews

Answers to Odd-Numbered Problems

Protractor, Multiplication Table, and Metric Ruler


Index of Applications


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